Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
12th February 2020 Issue no. 494
Your industry news - first
We strongly recommend viewing Locks and Security News full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
A fish, a gun, a map of undivided India: India's old locks tell riveting tales
They're symbols of trust, tokens of love and puzzles that can take half a day to solve. One is shaped like a map of undivided India, the others resemble fish, monkeys, pistols.
About 3,500 locks fill up the loft of the Patel family's single-storey home in Hamirpura, a village about two hours from Ahmedabad, in the Kheda district of Gujarat. Traditionally farmers, they've been collecting metal and wooden locks for four generations, and over a century.
The locks are a mix of originals and replicas. The heaviest weighs 41.5 kg and requires eight keys to open. The tiniest at 4 gm, and 1 inch high.
3rd October 2018