Museums for Locksmiths
One of the biggest museums in America that a locksmith would enjoy that
is related to their craft is the Lock Museum of America. It's located in
Terryville, Connecticut. With eight display rooms and plenty of
advertisement, it is sure to draw people from all over the country. You
don't have to be a locksmith to be interested in antique locks and the
hardware connected to them. Antique doorknob collectors enjoy visiting
museums for locksmiths. People who have an interest in old doors or in
the artwork of the old locks and related items would enjoy this museum.
Another museum for locksmiths and lock enthusiasts is the Lock Museum
that is located in Willowhall, Staffordshire. This museum has been taken
over by the Black Country Living Museum in an effort to secure its
future. In an effort to preserve the contents and the relevance to
history in general, the Black Country Living Museum took an interest in
the Lock Museum.
Blake's Lock Museum can be seen in the United Kingdom. California offers
the Jehning Family Lock Museum, located in Mountain View. Paris, France
is home to the Hotel Liberal Bruand. The Hanns Schell Collection is the
world's largest museum of locks and keys. It's located in Austria.
Locksmiths should also enjoy the metal locks and keys at the Mel Fisher
Maritime Museum Shop in Key West, Florida. There's a Powerhouse Museum
located in Sydney, Australia.
Doorknobs are collector's items and are a part of a locksmith's work.
There's a club called the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America. The
interesting items in this club also include antique door hardware and
extend to plates, doorbells, coat hooks, and window latches. There are
beautiful doorknobs on display in the club's collection.
The Antique Doorknob Collectors of America holds yearly conventions all
over the country to learn and share their information. The club has a
wonderful collection of Bennington knobs, mineral knobs, real estate
hardware, and a group they call Fabulous Doorknobs -this group is made up
of Victorian hardware, bronze knobs, and Wheeler knobs.
Donald Jackson offers an impressive Roman gallery of locks, keys, and
seal boxes that shows an interesting collection of security hardware. He
displays an impressive image from a locksmith's grave stone showing Roman
locksmiths at work. Mr. Jackson writes an informative, detailed article
on ancient locks, collecting, and fabrication.
West Coast Lock Collectors Association explores the history and ingenuity
of locks. They have an annual lock show to thrill collectors and capture
the interest of the public. Their table fees are $35 to anyone who is
interested in adding their own collection to the event. They send out a
quarterly publication to association members. This associat ion is a
hobby club that puts any income back into the company for operating
Antique Padlocks offer internet viewing to provide a look into padlocks
of eight different varieties as well as helpful links, patent
information, and hardware companies who have marketed padlocks. As
thieves became more determined, padlocks did lose some value because they
could be cut with bolt cutters. There are still many around today, and
there are still requests for locksmiths to remove them. They are sure to
remain a part of museums as the years move forward.