10th Century Viking Lock
The original lock would possibly have belonged to a tradesman from its unornamented appearance. The spring mechanism is separate to the bale which would have been easier for the smith to make but relied upon the ability of the user to keep all three pieces together.Â This replica was made from sketches of theÂ original, in the National Museum in Dublin, Ireland. All parts have been hand forged and forge-welded in the fire as the original would have been.
Ornamented 10th Century Viking Lock
This lock is a replica of one in the National Museum in Dublin, Ireland.
It dates from the 10th Century and was found in a Viking burial dig.
As with the originals, the spring part of the lock was brazed on in the fire and then tempered after the brazing. This ensures a good working life to the spring of the lock. All parts have been hand forged and where necessary forge-welded in the fire as the original would have been.
16th Century European Lock
The hollow key of this padlock has a hand cut thread to match the hand wound thread on the inside of the lock body. Winding in the key compresses a stiff spring inside the lock tube and then releases catch.