It sometimes seems that a lock is a lock, a bolt is a bolt and a padlock is a padlock. But a life in locks is not that simple. In order to show something of the great variety of locks - and quite disregarding other fastening devices such as catches - The Curator is pleased to set out here some lists of possible variations. They are based on data from the Encyclopaedia of Lock and Builders Hardware compiled and published by Josiah Parkes and Sons Ltd. and published in 1968. If you find it all bewildering, be assured that the Curator does too.

The first thing to do is to choose you type of lock.  Below are lusted some of those that are available.  (The illustrations on these and the following pages all come from  catalogue issued by Dews Bros. Ltd. of Moseley Street, Wolverhampton, possibly some time in the 1920s).

Asylum Lock
Attache Case Lock
Automatic Lock
Back Spring Lock
Bank Lock
Barron's Lock
Bathroom Lock
Block Lock
Bonnet Lock
Book Lock
Box Lock
Bramah Lock
Budget Lock
Builders Lock
Cabinet Lock
Camp Desk Lock
Car Handle Lock
Carpet Bag Lock
Cash Box Lock
Chain Padlock
Change Key Lock
Chest Lock
Church Door Lock
Claw Bolt Lock
Close Shackle Padlock
Collapsible Gate Lock
Combination Lock
Communicating Door Lock
Cubicle Lock
Cut Cupboard Lock
Cycle Lock
Cylinder Lock
Cylindrical Lock
Dead Lock
Desk Lock
Disc Tumbler Lock
Double Action Lock
Double Hand Lock
Double Hook Bolt Lock
Double Throw Lock
Drawback Lock
Drawer Lock
Escutcheon Lock
Fall Front Box Lock
Filing Cabinet Lock
Flanged Rim Lock
Flush Fitting Lock
Four Way Lock
Galley Lock
Gate Lock
Hanging Letter Box Lock
Hook Bolt Lock
Horizontal Lock
Hotel Lock
Keyless Combination Lock
Lavatory Lock
Letter Bag Lock
Letter Padlock
Lever Lock
Lift Up Lock
Linkplate Cupboard Lock
Locker Lock
Locking Device

Loose Leaf Ledger Lock
Mental Hospital Lock
Meter Lock
Miners Locker Lock
Mortice Lock
Museum Lock
Nettlefolds Lock
One Side Lock
Pedestal Lock
Piano Lock
Pin Tumbler Lock
Plate Lock
Portfolio Lock
Post Pillar Lock
Postal Call Box Lock
Press Lock
Prison Lock
Puzzle Lock
Rack Bolt Lock
Railway Point Lock
Rebated Lock
Rim Lock
Roll Top Desk Lock
Safe Deposit Lock
Safe Lock
Sash Lock
School Lock
Ship Lock
Shop Door Lock
Show Case Lock
Sideboard Lock
Silent Bolt Lock
Single Hand Lock
Slam Lock
Sliding DoorLock
Spring Lock
Spring Mortice Lock
Spring Rim Lock
Steel Furniture Lock
Straight Cupboard Lock
Suit Case Lock
Three Bolt Mortice Lock
Three Bolt Rim Lock
Three Way Lock
Till Lock
Time Lock
Top Frame Bag Lock
Triple Throw Lock
Trunk Lock
Tubular Lock
Tumbler Lock
Two Bolt Lock
Two Keyhole Lock
Two Side Lock
Two Way Lock
Unit Lock Set
Upright Lock
Wall Box Lock
Warded Lock
Wardrobe Lock
Window Lock
Wood Stock Lock
that's enough locks

Maybe you have now decided that you do not want a lock at all but a simple bolt will do.  There's no such thing as a simple bolt. 

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