Locks and keys are objects that we interact with every single day – yet very few of us think of them throughout the day. However, these everyday objects are fully loaded with a vast history of (not only) security usefulness – but also a major link to the illustrious histories of many cultures throughout the world. Here’s a guide to some amazingly interesting lock and key facts that you may have never heard, as prepared by the locksmith experts here at LocksmithMAN.
In ancient China, only the wealthiest had locks and keys – and Chinese emperors and other nobility had padlocks that were animal shaped as everything from goats to fish!
Married Viking women held the responsibility of being the keeper of the family keys, which was a vast honor. Many Viking women sewed keys to their dresses to wear as a status symbol.
The new lock designs we use today were invented in the 19th century as a way to stop thieves from lockpicking.
The locks at Fort Knox, the place where the United States’ gold reserve is held, are protected with codes that change every single day.
There’s an account of a parrot named Magic picking two padlocks that locked his cage in order to fly away!
The oldest locks date to Ancient Egypt – it was found in a cave and is over 4,000 years old.
Rope knots are also considered an early form of locks, as used by sailors to guard against tampering and to indicate when somebody was trying to meddle with their property.
In Medieval times, towns would entrust the keys to their property to a designated keykeeper who held ALL the keys of the town!
Locks used to be made of wood – which breaks so much more easily than metal!
The first combination lock was invented in 1857 by James Sargent of Vermont, who started the Sargent and Greenleaf lock making company, still in operation today!
In the Tower of London in England, there is a nightly Ceremony of the Keys in which guards ritually lock the tower’s doors!