People want to keep possessions safe, so locksmiths like Chubb came up with ingenious solutions to beat the thievesThese locks were originally displayed by Randolph Douglas in his own museum, the House of Wonders. A friend of Harry Houdini, Douglas was a skilled locksmith. He amassed a big collection of locks, keys and restraints. This case contains patented locks by Joseph Bramah, Odell and Strutt, made between 1784 and 1852. The Chubb locks include detector padlocks and a combination latch; the Parson balance lever lock is the first made entirely by machinery. There were locks even in ancient Egypt; in Georgian times even the middle classes in England were keen to keep their homes and possessions safe from housebreakers. Locksmiths met the challenge with ingenious latches, wards and even alarms within the confine of the lock, applying extraordinary skill in metal working and technical ability to overcome security problems, a forerunner of the modern security we apply in our lives. Indeed, Chubb locks are still a standard of security.
People want to keep possessions safe, so locksmiths like Chubb came up with ingenious solutions to beat the thieves