Nineteenth Century Chinese Brass Splitting-Spring Padlocks w/ Keys

The development of locks arises psychologically from practical needs on safety for individuals, for groups, or for individuals within groups. Though with a long history, and for their hardly noticeable nature in China, very few curio collectors set their eyes on locks, and very few scholars focused their study on locks.
The history of Chinese locks is in close association with the materials, tools, and cultural background of a specific time. The development and applications of locks in the past reflected the technological, cultural, and economical situations of each period in their history. Ever since the late Eastern Han Dynasty, metal splitting spring padlocks such as these featured, had always been the most widely used locks by Chinese people. Though the shapes of ancient Chinese locks diversified, the inner structures have not changed much for the past two thousand years.

According to the development of various materials throughout history, ancient Chinese locks were made of wood, bronze, brass, red bronze, nickel, iron, silver, gold, steel, and aluminum. The early broad locks found were mostly made of bronze; later brass was the most popular, followed by iron.

These are traditional Chinese unornamented Splitting-Spring Padlocks, complete with keys, long and narrow, they are customarily attached across the front of a two-door cabinet, trunk or chest, however they can also be used to lock anything, and make a nice decorative element on their own and work extremely smoothly. They are being sold as a set of three (3). Dimensions:(2)@ 3-1/8″L and (1)@ 2-1/2″L

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