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Our online collections are just a very small part of the 80,000 items we have at the museum.

Safe Safe

Safe manufactured by Cyrus Price & Co., Wolverhampton.

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Safe Safe

Cast iron safe manufactured by the Dart Safe Co. of West Bromwich. The doors are secured with a 5 lever locking mechanism.

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Letter to Thomas Morgan Letter to Thomas Morgan

Letter, dated 1893, to Thomas Morgan Willenhall, requesting samples of padlocks for export to India.

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R. Hodson Documents R. Hodson Documents

A tiny sample of the documents in the Hodson Archives, recording the manufacturing activities of R. Hodson & Son of Willenhall.

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Bramah Patent padlock Bramah Patent padlock

Bramah type locks were invented in 1784 by Joseph Bramah, the son of a Yorkshire farmer. As well as his burglar proof lock he patented the hydraulic press, an improved flushing toilet, a beer pump and an automatic bank note printing machine (commissioned by the Bank of England in 1806).

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Lavender patent padlock

  

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Dreadnought type padlock Dreadnought type padlock

Patented 1895 by the Walsall Locks & Cart Gear Ltd, the key on this unusual lock fitted over the bars on the front of the lock and was then moved sideways to open it.

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Memo 1879

Hardware wholesalers John Benson, Newall Street Birmingham request the balance of an order for Japanned padlocks from Richard Hodson and Son Willenhall (est. 1794). Thousands of such documents have survived for this small lock-making business in Willenhall, making it possible for historians to 'map' their customers,...

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Order 1879

Order for galvanized padlocks from hardware dealers T. H. Peterson, Birmingham, to Richard Hodson and Son Willenhall (est. 1794). One of the many hundreds of such documents preserved by the Hodsons and now part of the Locksmith's House archive at the Black Country Museum. The Hodsons exported to South America, Chile,...

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