Halsey Munson Americana
204 North Summit Avenue
Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Remarkable 19th C. Figural Gate Lock
Mid-to-late 1800s iron gate lock in the form of a violin. These are fairly uncommon and, when they do turn up, they’re usually heavily rusted and inoperative. This one is not, and has a beautiful warm patina with no rust at all. Constructed from heavy gauge sheet iron, all the parts—the body, the shank and the neck—are riveted. When the key is turned, the neck and fingerboard detach and slide off the curved shank. The upper surface of the body is decorated with hand-stamped designs. There’s some disagreement about where these were made. My guess is Germany and made for export. A successful meeting of form and function and an example of this lock form is on display in the Jehning Lock Museum in California. 12” L. With the original key.