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Help identifying old American lock

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Gabesthomas

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:29 am

Help identifying old American lock

Sorry but I wont have pics until Monday.

I came across a very old American lock co lock on a fence that appears to be very old. Says American U.S.A. it has a weathered brass or maybe steel body with steel hasp. Logo looks similar to the kind on the Junkoc(sp?) Bros locks but doesn't say that anywhere. The thing that I cant find anywhere on any American lock image is that the cylinder looks similar to a euro, with the front part of the bible, above the cylinder, is visible on the bottom. the keyway fits a modern AM3 key. According to owner, this lock has been locked in place for 22 years, but appears a LOT older.

Does what I described about a euro cylinder looking keyway jog any memories? Can you find an image?

Thank guys.
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Squelchtone

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:50 am

Re: Help identifying old American lock

sounds like an old American Lock 600 or similar Series padlock

does the bottom look like the one on the left?

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Squelchtone
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Gabesthomas

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Post Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:08 pm

Re: Help identifying old American lock

Yes but without the outer brass circle. The padlock is about the size of a WB, the kind smaller than the big herculock padlock.
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Gabesthomas

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Post Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:12 pm

Re: Help identifying old American lock

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Please excuse the dirty nails, i had just finished work.

Anyways, the second picture shows the writing on there, its in a weird spot so its hard to photograph while its inside the enclosure its locking. The only text on it says American U.S.A.

My phone camera is broken, hence the black spots in the image.

thanks guys.
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Oldfast

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OldddffAASSTT the Spin Master Extraordinaire and American Lock Slayer
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Post Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:18 am

Re: Help identifying old American lock

Gabesthomas wrote:....I came across a very old American lock co lock on a fence that appears to be very old.

Looks more like an old newspaper vendor stand rather than a fence? :???: lol.
At any rate, it seems what you're curious about is the history and/or age of it?

Gabesthomas wrote:Does what I described about a euro cylinder looking keyway jog any memories? Can you find an image?

Yes, I do have a couple padlocks like that - the exposed bible, the logo, and usa below the logo. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, there's nothing else that would help date it. I do however have a Series 10 (wafer lock) and a Series 200 (pin tumbler), each baring the same logo design. And these two padlocks do have date codes (which might be of use to you): OGE and the other, VHG. Take a look at THIS thread for the date chart. This places the logo somewhere around the late 70's - early 80's. That's not to say the logo wasn't being used long before that, but hopefully this at least helps give you a start.
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Oldfast

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Post Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:25 am

Re: Help identifying old American lock

And btw... WELCOME to the forum. You've found a great place!
So are you a collector? A picker? Just generally interested in locks?
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