Many locks are undeniably beautiful to look at, whether it be their flamboyantly intricate inner workings or decorative, ornate outer plates. Maybe not so much with modern locks, where the focus on function is seen as far more important than the need for touches of elaborate stylistic flair, but certainly with locks of old.

Many locks are undeniably beautiful to look at, whether it be their flamboyantly intricate inner workings or decorative, ornate outer plates. Maybe not so much with modern locks, where the focus on function is seen as far more important than the need for touches of elaborate stylistic flair, but certainly with locks of old.

Ornate hinge on a door.  The rust and the weathered grey are so complementary.

Ornate hinge on a door. The rust and the weathered grey are so complementary.

Our beautiful cast iron cookbook stand will look very pretty in any kitchen.  Designed with ornate scroll detailing, finished in antique brown, complete with a scroll top featuring two cotton chains with a lock and a key weight, holding down the pages perfectly in place.  #mothersday #mothersdaygifts #giftidea #cookbookstand #cookbookrack #cookbookholder #countystyle #frenchgift #Dibor

Our beautiful cast iron cookbook stand will look very pretty in any kitchen. Designed with ornate scroll detailing, finished in antique brown, complete with a scroll top featuring two cotton chains with a lock and a key weight, holding down the pages perfectly in place. #mothersday #mothersdaygifts #giftidea #cookbookstand #cookbookrack #cookbookholder #countystyle #frenchgift #Dibor

Lock, Stock, and History, An ornate flintlock musket made in Europe for the...

Lock, Stock, and History, An ornate flintlock musket made in Europe for the...

RARE 1920s Whiting & Davis Art Nouveau Mesh Purse RARE ornate enameled Art Nouveau frame on this 1920s Whiting and Davis Armor enameled mesh purse. The frame background is a light mint; normal wear to enameled frame; enamel color on mesh bag has significant wear as shown; remnants are pink, blue, and light yellow-cream. Bend as noted to link in chain. Kiss lock in perfect working condition; gap/hole in mesh near each hinge (common in these bags); one spot rust (tiny) to mesh as seen. Last…

RARE 1920s Whiting & Davis Art Nouveau Mesh Purse RARE ornate enameled Art Nouveau frame on this 1920s Whiting and Davis Armor enameled mesh purse. The frame background is a light mint; normal wear to enameled frame; enamel color on mesh bag has significant wear as shown; remnants are pink, blue, and light yellow-cream. Bend as noted to link in chain. Kiss lock in perfect working condition; gap/hole in mesh near each hinge (common in these bags); one spot rust (tiny) to mesh as seen. Last…

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