This is a very solid brass bodied padlock. Not just a puzzle lock. This lock is very strong and it could really be used for locking something up just like any other standard padlock you might buy from the hardware store.
It has two sets of three keys and you need all 3 keys to open it.
In India up until the 20th-century padlocks would have been made by traditional artisans who sold them in local bazaars or markets, making their locks on-site or nearby. The craftsmen’s main customers for this lock would have been business people who shared property and they wanted a lock that all three of them had to be in attendance when it was opened. Hence each had one of the three keys needed to open it.
India was on the very busy trade routes between Asia, the Middle East and Europe so padlocks would have evolved over the centuries to include new ideas picked in connection with that trade, but also adapted to Indian handicraft and decorative traditions. These locks are still handmade in India although more modern tools are no doubt used. Because they are handmade the locks are not highly polished or refined. 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.
Because they are handmade the locks are not highly polished or refined. The lock will start out shiny but in time, with or without handling the brass will take on a natural 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.
Size: 135mm (from top of the shackle to the very bottom) x 55mm x 45mm
Materials: Brass with iron shackle. Brass Keys.
Note: This lock is very heavy and weighs over 1kg
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.