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Locks through the Ages

Wednesday, 25 September 2013  |  Toni
Locks Through the Ages

Locks Through the Ages by Claire Jefferies

Old lockFrom the dawn of humanity, people have been searching for ways to keep their prized possessions locked up from intruders. From the earliest times of hiding them, to modern-day digital encryption lock mechanisms, this article will give you all the information you need about the history of locks.

At the beginning of lock making, locks were mainly comprised from wooden materials. They followed the same laws as modern pin and tumbler style locks. As metalworkers and wood workers became more accustomed to how locks worked, they began to design intricate lock systems for kings and queens. Often times such locks would be highly decorated and ornamental in nature.

Some of the first methods of keeping prized possessions safe were by taking boxes, filling them with valuables and placing them in pools filled with starving crocodiles. This was a highly effective deterrent against intruders. Other lock related methods were by tying intricate knots, which took great skill to undo them.

Overtime brass and iron padlocks become more popular as their use over Europe and the Far East grew. These were especially popular because they were portable devices. Operating by a simple lock and key method that would put twist and turn springs to unlock chests or doors this was the beginning of modern-day mechanics.

Push key padlocks are a very simple construction. A bolt keeps it in a locked position followed by a series of springs. To unlock them, users would insert a key, which caused springs to be compressed or flatted, which allowed the bolt to become undone and allowed the plate to slide.

Later throughout the world many civilizations, mechanics took a further hold in industry. Over 4000 years ago, many people began to fasten locks vertically against a doorpost. Gravity would force the wooden lock, which had pins to stay down. When they would insert a wooden key, this caused the pins to align properly releasing the lock. After perfecting these methods of lock creation, the civilizations worked their way to using completely metal locks that we see today.

Midway between the digital revolution, people have begun to use new methods such as finger print scanning technology to unlock their doors or chests, as well as R.F.I.D. technology. These new methods provide an added layer of protection against outsiders.

As you can see, locks have come a long way throughout the ages. They are taking bolder steps towards the digital age with retina scanner technology and much more. However, all locks serve a general purpose of acting as a barrier to outsiders. As people produce new methods to protect valuables, new means to exploiting them evolve as well. 

Claire Jefferies is writing on behalf of Weston- Super- Mare Locksmiths, who provide commercial and domestic services. They also offer Locksmiths in Weston-Super-Mare and locksmiths Weston-Super-Mare.

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