Consolidated Time Lock Co., Cincinnati, Ohio - 2 movements, large format

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All of the lever work has matching serial numbers with that on the dials. The rear of the case is also stamped with the same number. Note that on the inner door style as well as within the rear surface of the case there is a number stamped #591. Consolidated made their cases on a separate numbering system from those provided by E. Howard. When the movement was installed into the case a small serial number matching the movement was stamped into the rear of the case. Sometimes when a lock was returned for servicing to the company a different movement would be installed into the case, so finding a lock that has all matching serial numbers from the movement, to the lever work to the case is quite desirable from a collector's viewpoint.

 

Serial number matching that on the dial is stamped onto the rear of the case near the bottom edge. The second photo shows that the number was hand-stamped with individual numbered dies given the uneven level and spacing; supporting the supposition that the cases were numbered after the movements were installed. The numbering is very small and once the lock was installed, would never be seen since it is on the rear of the lock.

This lock displays a case in an unusually good condition, c. 1884.  The surface plating of these locks commonly suffered from corrosion more often than most, perhaps due to some flaw in the plating process. This company and it's predecessor, Hall Safe & Lock, often elaborately decorated the sides of their locks with  'Spirograph', damascene, floral or even pictorial type designs. Note the extensive use of metal engraving decoration known as damascene. Many if not most of the time lock made before the 1920's were extensively engraved and damascened. This was done to better convince the buyer that these were quality pieces of reliable machinery (which most were) to entrust the security of the vault and its' valuables. It was also a marketing tool to justify their substantial cost. Some time locks ran over $500.00 in late 1870's to early 1880's dollars! See Yale #1 and S&G #2. 4 7/8"w x 4 5/8"h x 2 5/8"d. Case #3234, movement #3234. file 38

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