How to open this trick opening lock in the shape of a fish?
These intricate padlocks were traditionally used to lock furniture and boxes to preserve privacy where extended family occupy a single house. The art of lock making evolved as new ideas were picked up from craftsman on the busy trade routes between Asia, the Middle-East and Europe and as their work adapted to Indian decorative arts and handicraft traditions. Historically locks were made by craftsmen with no mechanisation, just basic hand tools, and sold in local markets. These days they are still hand made in India although more modern tools are no doubt used. Because they are handmade the locks are not highly polished or refined. The lock will start out shiny but with handling the brass will take on a naturally duller patina. The oils on your hands definitely accelerate this and you could use gloves as we did when we opened and checked each lock was in good working order.
There may be some slight differences to the photo but I’ve tried to photograph a lock that is representative of the locks we have.
Size: 180mm (from top of the shackle to the fishtail) x 75mm a the widest point x 40mm The shackle has a diameter of about 12mm.
Materials: Brass with iron shackle. Brass Key.
Mr 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.