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Set of thief’s tools

Set of thief’s tools, 12 wrought iron picks and key shapes, on wrought iron hoop, England, 18th century, largest 4 in. l., $676.

Locks and keys have intrigued collectors since medieval times, and today collectors want everything from wrought-iron door locks to brass-tagged hotel keys and even the keycards that are used in hotels today. Wooden locks were used by the Egyptians about 2000 B.C. By the Middle Ages, huge metal locks were made to keep intruders out […]
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