Don’t you ever wonder where the history of the lock and key began? When were these essential pieces of convenient security invented? Security has been a concern for eons to all civilization. In fact, in the 1920s, a lock thought to be from 250 BCE Egypt was discovered. Read on to learn more about the history of the lock and key!
KNOTS: One of the earliest known solutions to the problem of security possessions, objects or property without having to constantly hide or guard them, was the use of knots. Some well know secure knots were known (presumably for whom they were intended to deter) the Thief Know and the Gordian Knot.
ANCIENT LOCKS: Although this is a subject of contention among many social historians, evidence points to the origin of the lock as we know now, beginning in the early Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations.
WOODEN LOCKS AND KEYS: Wooden locks and keys were used 4,000 years ago in Egypt. The first known version with a key is a pin lock, which are the format still used today in modern metal locks. The wooden lock of yore was strung via a rope and suspended out of the door through a hole. A cylindrical piece of wood complete with a hole drilled through its axis was the key! To open, the key is inserted into the hole and the bolt moved. To lock, the rope is pulled to extract the cylinder which pulls the bolt closed. These types of locks are still used today, made of wood, in countries around the world, including in Puerto Rico.
WARDED LOCK AND PUZZLES: Warded locks are another ancient lock artifact. They are actually still used as low security and low cost options. Lock puzzles can be used to hide the mechanisms or provide a decoy lock to confuse a would-be thief!
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