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The Official Reg'd Mail Padlock Thread :-)

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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:47 pm

The Official Reg'd Mail Padlock Thread :-)

I am hereby starting the Reg'd Mail Padlock thread. Things I'd like to see are; Ur Mail padlocks, differences in the padlocks, ur key makimg methods and what you paid/sold your lock for. In this thread, we can work together and prove and disprove anything and everything about these padlocks. Are they all really Keyed Alike? We will find out, wont we?
I'd like to start by showing off my newest padlock. This mail padlock is the newest one i have seen. First thing to take note of, is the serial # is laser etched into the padlock. This padlock has plastic over the counter. The counter is at an extremely low number. There is also no star impressed into the shackle. This padlock also does NOT have a brazed brass rivet on the side of the lock. The padlock still has patina, but cant be that old. There is also a brass pin? on the bottom of the padlock. Ive never seen that before.
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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:41 pm

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Wow sour where did u find that one I didn't see it on eBay I've been watching for a while on these
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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:48 pm

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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:52 pm

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Making a key
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vBFiJm1M6c&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/youtube]
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I would post pics but boxes it up already
I paid 36.95 shipped for it, originally paid 54.95 but seller dicked me over told me it had 87 turns and when I got it it had over 1000 so I requested price drop to 30 with 6.95 an they did it
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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:54 pm

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MrPharmer2012 wrote:Wow sour where did u find that one I didn't see it on eBay I've been watching for a while on these

Well, i found it in one of my saved searches and instead of clicking the watch button (on my mobile app) my daughter grabbed my phone and bought it now for the low price of $85 shipped :P So, im chalking this one up to fate :pimpmofo:
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Post Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:59 pm

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Like father like daughter she knows a good lock when she sees one hahaha
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Post Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:07 am

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what do they use these locks on?
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nhoj_yelbom wrote:what do they use these locks on?

bags o mail i think, when they transport city to city
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Post Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:45 am

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Here is a wealth a fuggin knowledge. I want one of each please! Ugh, its a good thing I'm not rich, cause I'd be broke quick!
http://www.antique-padlocks.com/postal_rotary_a-z.htm
http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/systemsa ... 2_893.html
If anyone finds any good info, feel free to post it. I thought these locks has 4 pins in em, but apparently only have 3.
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Post Tue May 22, 2012 8:08 pm

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Here's some bags that the Reg'd Mail locks fit on. They are nearly a perfect fit.
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Post Tue May 22, 2012 10:02 pm

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Very interesting... thanks Sour.

Been talking with a friend (Post Master) who lives some distance away, but I see him on a regular basis.
According to him these bags & locks are nearly obsolete nowadays. Instead, they now use what he termed
as 'tamper-proof' bags. They're mainly used to transport mail from one post office to another.

He remembers when they use to wait till they had a good build-up of these locks.... like boxs of em,
before they'd redistribute them. He also said there is indeed only one univeral key for all these locks.
I asked, "absolutely, unequivocally one key for ALL of them?" He said "yes".

Anyway, he said he'd see about getting me an original key and possibly some more locks :)

And, btw, thanks for the time you put in (and congrats) for Moderating! I was very happy when I seen that not too long ago!!!
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Post Tue May 22, 2012 11:08 pm

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Oldfast wrote:Very interesting... thanks Sour.

Been talking with a friend (Post Master) who lives some distance away, but I see him on a regular basis.
According to him these bags & locks are nearly obsolete nowadays. Instead, they now use what he termed
as 'tamper-proof' bags. They're mainly used to transport mail from one post office to another.

He remembers when they use to wait till they had a good build-up of these locks.... like boxs of em,
before they'd redistribute them. He also said there is indeed only one univeral key for all these locks.
I asked, "absolutely, unequivocally one key for ALL of them?" He said "yes".

Anyway, he said he'd see about getting me an original key and possibly some more locks :)

And, btw, thanks for the time you put in (and congrats) for Moderating! I was very happy when I seen that not too long ago!!!


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Post Tue May 22, 2012 11:39 pm

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Im always looking for more locks Oldfast. They are one of my favorite padlocks of all time. And an original key would be the coolest damn thing ever. I hope you get one, or two, or three.... :D
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Post Tue May 22, 2012 11:50 pm

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We'll keep our fingers crossed guys... ya never know :) shrugs
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Post Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:18 am

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IMPORTANT

THESE ARE STILL IN USE!!!

I went to the post office today to ship the first round of my ebay locks. While the postal clerk was taking my boxes, I asked some questions. She commented that one box was heavy and I was saving a lot of money using a flat rate box. I told her it was a 5 pound padlock (Hi Shear). I then remarked that I've seen padlocks on ebay called "Mail padlocks with counters on the side." She looked puzzled and brushed me off. I pulled up an ebay auction with one and showed her a pic. She said, "OH! Those! Yes, we still use those. We use the for the registered mail bags." I told her I thought they were obsolete and replaced. She said, "No. We treid replacing them, but the other padlocks were'nt as secure. The padlocks we use now (ones with counters) are much more secure. No body is getting into them They only use ONE key." I kept my cool and let her think they were secure and that the key they use is still a secret.
Just thought I add this little tid-bit of information :D
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