Figural & Artistic Padlocks

You will want to visit Padlock Craftsman to see additional Figural & Artistic locks.

Arabic
Click to Enlarge Image Arabic. 5 1/8" high x 11 5/8" wide x 1 1/8" deep. Weight: 3 pounds. Iron. Gold inlay, and silver inlay on outside edges. Mfg by: Arabic manufacture, probably second half of 19th c. to first half 20th c.
"The Scott Family Collection"
2870

Chinese
Click to Enlarge Image Deer. Mfg by: Chinese manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
5708

Indian
Click to Enlarge Image Bidri. 5" high x 3" wide x 1 1/2" deep. Steel construction. Silver and brass decorative inlay. Late 20th c. This lock requires 3 keys to progressively release the shackle. Mfg by: India manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4289
Click to Enlarge Image Indian. 2 1/2" high x 3" wide. Steel case. Steel shackle. Silver decorative inlay. Late 20th c. Mfg by: India manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4288

Japanese
Click to Enlarge Image Japanese Cabinet Lock. 2" high x 6 1/2" wide. High copper content brass case. High copper content brass shackle. The key is old but not original. Compressed spring mecanism in very typical Edo period shape. Overall "Fire Gilt" finish using mercury and gold. Mfg by: Japanese manufacture, Edo period, circa 1800.
This is a VERY scarce lock.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
6260

 

Korean
Click to Enlarge Image Shrimp. 1 1/4" high x 3 1/2" wide. Steel construction. Superb and startling detail, very fine decorative silver inlay, the work of a master. 19th c. Mfg by: Possibly Korean or Japanese manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4286

Persian
Click to Enlarge Image Persian. 2" high x 3" wide x 1/2" deep. Steel case. Steel shackle. Gold decorative inlay. Late 20th c. There are two keys, one to open the secret compartment, and the other to release the shackle. Mfg by: Persia manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4287

Roman
Click to Enlarge Image Horse. 5/8" high x 2 3/4" wide x 3/8" deep. Bronze. Zoomorphic stylized horse, typical of the period, with bird form on shackle bar. Decorated with incised lines and dot and whorl motifs. The (absent) slide key, inserted in the front, would have released springs on either side of the remaining interior bar, freeing the shackle; however, all iron has corroded away. Damage to right hind leg. Mfg by: Roman, Byzantine, 11th-12th century.
"The Scott Family Collection"
2869

Tibetan
Click to Enlarge Image Tibetan. 1 1/2" high x 1 1/4" wide. Copper case. Steel shackle. Unusual small size. late 19th c. to early 20th c. Mfg by: Tibet manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4281
Click to Enlarge Image Tibetan. 3" high x 4" wide. Steel case. Steel shackle. Silver inlaid decoration. 19th c. Mfg by: Tibet manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4282
Click to Enlarge Image Tibetan. 1 1/2" high x 2 3/4" wide. Steel case. Steel shackle. Silver inlaid decoration. Late 19th c. to early 20th c. Mfg by: Tibet manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4284
Click to Enlarge Image Tibetan. 1 1/2" high x 2 3/4" wide. Steel case. Steel shackle. Silver & brass inlaid decoration. Late 19th c. to early 20th c. Mfg by: Tibet manufacture.
"The Steve Sommers Collection"
4285