There is a brass disc on the front with numbers 1 8 2 & 6. And it does turn. Could it be some sort of combination lock? But there’s also a keyhole. So why have both?
This is one of a range of seven different Indian Puzzle locks we have at the moment. They are all made from donor locks with some sort of trick element added. Not hugely difficult puzzling but definitely tricky for the uninitiated puzzler.
Locks with unusual opening mechanisms, perhaps we would now call them trick locks, were in fact used in real-world applications in the 18th and early 19th centuries before they had access to the sophisticated electronics of today. Joseph Nock was a renowned locksmith from Philadelphia who made trick opening locks for US Mailbags and prison cells in the 1830′-1850’s. His famous brass trick lock involved pulling the keyhole cover down to discover a dovetail catch. Insert the key and turn 180 degrees. Then pull the back panel to the side to release the shackle.
This Indian Puzzle Padlock is not as complex as that but it does keep the tradition of trick locks alive.
Materials: This lock is made from a brass interior with iron outside with a polished looking finish. The lock is iron, not chrome, so in time it will probably rust with handling.
Size: 95mm (from top of the shackle to the base) x 57mm x 25mm The shackle has a diameter of 10mm
1Mr Puzzle has opened and checked every lock is in good working order and has added to the package a printed solution designed and printed here. Not offered by other sellers.