I was a loyal purchaser of padlocks from the American
Lock Company for about thirty years. When the company was
sold, I purchased the remaining local stock of American
padlocks at the famous Seven Corners Hardware in St Paul,
Minnesota. (No one else wanted them. They just sat in a clearance bin, day after day.)
Many of these locks had been tucked away on high shelves
for decades, attaining a wonderful patina while retaining
their impeccable mechanical operation.
From the American Lock website:
A U.S. company founded in 1912, American Lock was dedicated
to crafting "Industrial Grade Security" with superb,
precision-machined padlocks, cylinders and hasps.
Characterized by a history of innovation, American Lock
is credited with the development of the first keyless
combination lock, solid padlock bodies and the double-ball
John Junkunc arrived from Hungary as a railroad
machinist in the early 1900's. He invented the first dial
combination lock because of frequently misplaced keys,
and the American Lock Company was born.
Building upon the company's strong foundation of quality
hand-crafted padlocks, American Lock established itself as the
innovation leader in padlock construction. With many
"firsts", such as affordable 700 series solid steel
padlocks, double ball locking mechanisms, high security
cover plates, aluminum solid bodies, serrated pins, and
shackle-less padlocks, American Lock Company distanced
itself from the competition.
American Lock was recently bought out by Master Lock,
and is now a division of Master Lock.
You will find two broad categories of American locks
here - vintage and latter day. Both types are for USE.
The best way to appreciate these wonderful old locks
is to use them. Even though any of these locks can
last many years, even decades, outside, you'll want to
find uses for the vintage models in weather sheltered
environments, where they'll last forever.
The latter day locks are priced about 75 percent above
their retail level of two years ago. This includes
The prices of the vintage models reflect my love for
them and the fact that I have just one of each kind.
May they find loving homes.
You can send me an email requesting
my address if you'd like to purchase
a padlock with a check, or you can
click on the PayPal logo.
Use bay1(at)rogcad.com to make
payment after letting me know via
email which lock you'd like to