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Here is a 1920s antique brass padlock made by Safe for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. with skeleton key. Although these are a pair, the locking mechanism does not seem to work. Please read further in the description. This would be a great item not only for a collector, but also for a locksmith or lock pick.

MANUFACTURER: Safe for N.J. Bell Telephone Co.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Small "SAFE" logo on the keyhole cover. Stamped "N.J. Bell Tel. Co. 1927" on the shackle. Reverse says "Made in USA" in tiny letters. Key has a circular bow, and has a hollow barrel. Please read conditions below.

Lock - 2-5/8 inches wide by 3-5/8 inches tall [closed]
Key is 2 inches long.

ERA: Antique, 1920s era.

CONDITION: Cosmetically, this padlock is beautiful. The brass has a lovely vintage patina of dark coloration as well as a bit of green in places. Some ancient dings or tool marks. The key also has some areas of patina.

The key is a perfect fit for the lock's unique keyhole, and they have traveled together as a pair for decades.... However, when turning the key, there is a point about about 45 degrees where it stops inside and does not trigger the shackle. My only way of describing the way it feels when you turn the key is that it's mushy inside.

This would be a great piece for someone who likes to repair or pick locks, and is desirable to collectors of vintage/antique locks as well as antique telephone company items. Again, please note that I am unable to unlock the padlock despite having the key.

++These are actual vintage or antique items, not replicas.

My items are packed and shipped with care. I have many other lock and key items in my shop! Please check my store policies or contact me if you have any additional questions or would like more information about any of my items! Thank you kindly for looking!

Antique Brass Padlock for Bell Telephone Co. with Key by Safe 1920s


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