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Locksmiths out there?
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DeadCarp    Posted 10-10-2002 at 16:05:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

I just spent all afternoon and robbed several other locks to get this McKinney to swallow our keys again. Wonderful lock with lotsa hold-unlocked buttons and such that we never use. Weighs about a pound and looks like a gunsmith's nightmare. Every screw that's covered up by a plate also adjusts something else under it. Anybody know when these were made?


Louise    Posted 10-11-2002 at 13:51:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't know the date, but have seen them in my Father's lock shop. He has been a Locksmith for over 50 years and is probably one of the only locksmiths in Connecticut who still hand files keys to these when the owners lose the keys. What a great piece of history. There is a Lock Museum here in Connecticut which can help you date the lock. They have an awesome exhibit with locks from all eras. Good luck


Burrhead    Posted 10-10-2002 at 19:49:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
my house was built in 41 for a circuit preacher they used the doors and locks nearly like that out of a house they tore down. The other house was built around 1905.

The church has handles and locks just like that. It was moved in here from across the river in 187?


Jim(MO0    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:33:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno for sure but the building I work in has a whole bunch of similar locks and it was completed in 1927. If you have any of those little fine thread brass screws that hold the top and bottem of the faceplate in place shure could use a couple.


WallSal55    Posted 10-10-2002 at 18:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't be of much help, but our farmhouse has to
be from the 1860's. The original front door had
2/3 that equipment on it. (not the bottom lock)
Most of our original doorknobs in the house of
that style, too; and worn as much.
We have one of those farm houses where they kept
adding on to it, as needed or time progessed.
The original kitchen/cookstove is now the living room. Later was built on a dining room, and modern kitchen--which I say the kitchen dates back to the 1940's at the very latest.


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