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Padlock & Key - Chubb & Sons, 1859 Object Reg. No: SH 850169

Padlock and key used in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, 1859. Manufactured by: Chubb & Sons Lock and Safe Co Ltd, 1859.
Padlock is circular, with 2 rounded protrusions at the top to hold a very solid semi-circular hasp, which swings sideways to open. There is an oblong shape in relief around the key-hole, which is low on the front of the lock. Above it the name of the manufacturer is engraved around a royal coat-of-arms. The key number runs across the face, on each side of the keyhole. There are 6 pins around the edge, perfectly flush with the surface. The key has a piece broken out at the bit end. Above it a rough cross has been cut into the metal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 9.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: building security, locks keys, psychiatric hospitals, 1800s, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: building fittings
Inscriptions: Engraved: CHUBB/PATENT/57 ST PAULS CH.YD./LONDON/349 933.
Manufacturer: Chubb & Sons Lock and Safe Co. Ltd., London, England, Great Britain, 1859
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1890


Linda Anderson Posted on 15 Apr 2010 12:16 PM
I have a lock and key exactly like this, a little more tattered and I have the key. It still works with care. Key is fragile. It has the slider over the key hole. The lock number is different. I was curious as to the value of it.
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Apr 2010 5:09 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there Linda. As stated below Museum Victoria does not provide valuations. We recommend that you contact a by the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. If you would like conservation advice on the piece, a good place to try is the AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials)
Dr.Gyula Dobszai Posted on 11 May 2010 2:16 AM
I have a padlock like this.I think because the traces / scratches/ at the face of the lock that originally was a sliding cover above the keyhole. /at my lock it is missing, too / Could you help how would be possible to get a cover like this ?!
I think without this part / I dont know the exact name / the item is imperfect, very sorry !!! :(((((
Help me, please !
Thanks, best: D.Gy.
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 May 2010 3:14 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Gyula. It looks like you are in Hungary I think? You will need to contact an antique dealer or do an internet search for antique key enthusiasts in your country as we specialise in objects related to Australian history and Hungarian ones are beyond our field of expertise.
Colin more Posted on 13 Oct 2014 9:18 PM
Or can u tell me any history on it how old ext???
Colin more Posted on 13 Oct 2014 9:20 PM
this thing looks really old and how did it get this side of the world haha

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