Brass Lock

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brass
Large: 3" x 1.25" x 0.75"
Medium: 2" x 1" x 0.5"
Small: 1.25" x 0.5" x 0.75"

This cast brass padlock is common in its use for traditional Chinese trunks. Its shape is reminiscent of an ingot or gold bar, seemingly a solid object when closed. Earlier varieties had various kinds of hidden keyholes, usually on the bottom of the lock, hidden by thin, moveable metal plates the same width and length as the lock body. Another variant opened with four different steps. This iteration has an opening on one short end for a key that matches the ward springs. The other short end is detachable and contains the shackle and ward springs. When the key is inserted in the keyhole, the bit compresses the springs, releasing the whole short end with the shackle and springs.