Topic: General Chatter
I have already posted this question on a couple of locksmith forums but have yet to find any detailed information on this particular lock.
I was recently changing some locks for an old lady that used to work for Legge back in the 70's with her father, a locksmith in Lichfield, who upon completion presented me with a box of new old stock locks she had stuffed in an old cupboard.
Amongst the old cabinet locks and rim cylinders was an unusual looking euro lockcase and cylinder.
As you can see in the image (which is actually upside down) it appears to be an early style euro cylinder design, however the central cam is split into two for each side of the cylinder, since no clutch mechanism is present. The cam has three gear like lobes that throw the bolt.
The iternals of the lockcase are all brass and plastic besides the latch spring which leads me to believe this lock may have been designed to withstand the elements longer than your bog standard lock, however the only evidence I have to back up this idea is an image I found via a boating forum about maintaining the matching handles which are described as 'nearly impossible to find'.
Reading the responses I have had on the forums from local locksmiths, it seems these locks have popped up now and again around the country, originally fitted for a variety of appliations. Here is a post on another locksmiths blog with some more pictures of the locks fitted in the unusual upside down way.
I would be interested to hear from anyone that knows the true purpose of this design.