Though locks are part of our everyday lives, it seems we all take them for granted. Locks are a segment of the security system that protects our lives, valuables and also fortifies businesses. More so, they give us peace of mind that our belongings are secured.
To appreciate the value of locks in our lives, we’d like our readers to have more knowledge about them – history, facts, uses, and advanced applications.
Many people wonder when locks were discovered and who gets the credit for the invention. Unfortunately, history does not have such records but the origin of locks can be traced through an archeological discovery that dates back to 4000 years ago.
The acclaimed oldest lock was found by archeologists in ruins near Ninevah, Egypt. Literally, the discovery of this ancient lock goes to prove that the Egyptians were the inventors of the lock and key. It was also on record that pin locks were first used by Egyptians nearly 3,000 years ago.
Then early Roman locks and keys made with bronze came into the limelight. In Ancient Rome and Egypt, having such keys signifies wealth and it was few people that could afford them.
Apart from the primitive and ancient locks, notable names behind the invention of other types of locks were Rober Barron, who invented the double-acting tumbler lock in 1778, and James Sargent that invented the first combination lock in 1857
The Ceremony of the Keys
The Ceremony of the Keys is a nighttime ritual and one of the oldest traditions of its kind. This ancient historic fortress has been in practice since the 14th-Century. It involves the formal locking of the gates of the Tower of London at 21:53 (9:53 pm). After which, the military escort the keys back to the Queen’s residence.
It is the best-known ceremonial tradition of the Tower which also signifies the security consciousness of the citizens.
Too Much Hype about Skeleton Keys
The skeleton keys are not mysterious as speculated. The reality is that skeleton keys are master keys capable of opening many locks. That is why locksmiths use them to open locks when the keys are misplaced or lost.
Advanced Locking Systems Evolved From Combination Locks
Chances are that you’ve come across locks that can be opened with the key and code. But you won’t believe that the combination locks were created in the U.S as far back as 1857.
Also, the popular Euroka was a combination lock used in the U.S. Treasury Department in the 19th century with 1,073,741,824 possible combinations that include letters and numbers. Biometric locks, car key fob, digital locks, and other advanced locking systems evolved from the basic mechanism of combination locks.
Locks and Keys as a Symbol of a Lasting Relationship or Marriage
Love locks are inspired by an ancient custom of the Chinese. It is done by an engaged or married couple to symbolize unbreakable love. The names of the love birds are inscribed on the lock and eventually, the key is thrown inside a flowing river. This tradition is becoming popular as other nationalities are increasingly practicing it.
The Cult-Following of keys
The belief in locks and keys to provide security has created devoted, avid cults around them.
People are highly dedicated to the piece of artwork and design used to decorate key handles and locks. They wear aesthetically pleasing keys as necklace, while some use the skeleton keys to design T-shirts, and specialized clothing.
The Evolution of the Locksmith
As locksmiths, we can’t conclude this article without appreciating the value of locks to our profession and livelihood.
Before the mass production of locks, the first generation locksmiths were cutting keys and making locks by hand. Thanks to technology, at Tampa Locksmith, we can seamlessly cut your keys or reprogram a smart key within minutes.