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This is a beautiful antique leather jewellery box with a high-quality Bramah lock. It dates to 1890/1900 and is in original condition throughout.
This box is finished with beautiful black leather which has an embossed crosshatch pattern.
The lid has a sturdy leather carrying handle and quality stop hinges which hold the lid upright.
The box has a high-quality working Bramah lock which is complete with its original key.
The bottom of the box has its original textured covering.
The hinges and lock are made from solid white metal and have a beautiful high polished finish.
It is rare to find Bramah locks complete with their keys. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a box so complete and in such lovely original condition.
About Bramah Locks
A box fitted with a Bramah lock is an indicator of high quality. All antique locks manufactured by Bramah themselves, are stamped 'Bramah London', however not all Bramah patent locks were stamped in the same way. A few locksmiths, notably Sampson Morden & Co, manufactured Bramah patent locks, but Bramah made it clear that unless they were stamped Bramah they were not manufactured by themselves.
Joseph Bramah (13th April 1748 - 9th December 1814) who invented the lock, was born at Stainborough Lane Farm, Stainborough, Barnsley. He was an inventor and skilled locksmith who was best known for inventing the hydraulic press. Bramah designed this lock of his own and received a patent for it in 1784. In the same year he started the Bramah Locks Company at 124 Piccadilly Lane, London. This company are still in production today, in Marylebone, London, and in Romford, Essex.
Bramah locks were famed for their resistance to lock picking and tampering. The company famously had a 'challenge' lock, displayed in the window of their London shop from 1790. It was mounted on a board with the inscription 'The artist who can make an instrument that will pick or open this lock shall receive 200 guineas the moment it is produced'. The challenge stood for over 67 years until at the Great Exhibition of 1851 the American locksmith, Alfred Charles Hobbs, was able to open the lock. It took him 51 hours over a 16 day period to do so!
Operating The Bramah Lock
The Bramah lock has a spring mechanism which you'll feel as you insert the key. The key must be inserted in the correct position, with its tooth facing downwards. The key needs to be pressed into the lock and turned simultaneously to both lock and unlock it. It locks to the left.
The interior has a single deep storage compartment. The base of this, plus the inside of the lid, have beautiful padded green velvet linings. These are original. The rest of the interior has a black leather finish.
This box is in excellent condition with very little wear despite its age. The lock and hinges are still in perfect order and the interior velvet linings are neatly fitted, clean and free from splits and fraying. The leather has been newly polished.
Notes About Antique Locks
We would like to make you aware that antique locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks that malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.
Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to posting.
You can view our full returns policy which includes locks, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
13.2 by 9.4cm with a 7.9cm depth.
UK. This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.
International postage is £25 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs.
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