There may be no written records who invented the lock and if we think about that time’s situation, can realize- that circumstances couldn’t provide the chance to write or remember the inventor.
In the history of locks and keys, for the reason that we provided before, there is no evidence to suggest about the inventor of locks and keys.
Still, now we’re failed to descover.
But wait, no need to worry.
Now, we have found after doing research more and more in the history books of locks and different all websites, they give credit to the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks with inventing the oldest known types of locks.
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Yeah, it’s an amazing sound, you should pause here to know details.
In today’s article, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about the history of locks, history of keys and the origin of locks and keys.
You’ll get everything you need to know about the locks and locksmithing.
What is Lock?
You’re here to know about the history of locks, we think at first, should describe the definition of lock that can present the proper and unique summary of it.
Everybody knows what a lock is, don’t they?.
Actually, most people have a general understanding of locks, they know all about it and even they all use it, but that understanding is often limited to the few models. Because we have not found all models of locks, and not necessary to use all.
You agree with us, we think.
Really have you used all locks or are you using many locks to protect your house?
Your answer is NO, so not neccessary to know the definition of the lock to use it, right?
Without being a locksmith, it is not possible for us to know everything about locks. We don’t get precise lock’s definition from many general consumer books and articles about locks because of lack of their exact information, believe it or not, but it’s true.
We aren’t pleased to share that most of the time, most of the non-locksmiths always writes the definition of locks, for that, we get narrow, broad or outdated understanding from them.
Now from the beginning of this article, you are going to learn you need to know about the precise lock definition from the locksmiths and popular dictionaries.
Then you are going to dive into the history of locks and keys from the beginning to this time now.
Ready to go?
At first, we would like to say, need not know the definition of the lock to buy! sounds good, isn’t it?
Just go to any lock shop and buy a lock without knowing the history, definition and creating mechanism.
Now, the moment is here!
Stephen Tchudi, a University of Nevada, English professor had spent more time on research to figure out what a lock is and he succeeded to do it. He wrote in his book, “A lock, after all, is simply a barrier or closer, a way of selling up an entryway, of keeping what you want in, in, what you want out, out”.
He also said, “A stick or doorstop that you wedge under a door – is also a lock, though, again, not a reliable or unpickable one”.
We have known the definition of locks from the famous locksmith Stephen Tchudi. Now we try to find out from popular dictionaries what they say about it.
The Random House Dictionary of the English language, says a lock is, “A device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or a system of bolts, propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc.”.
Webster’s third new International Dictionary says a lock is, “A fastening (as for a door, box, trunk, lid, drawer) in which a bolt is secured by any of various mechanisms and can be released by inserting and turning a key or by operating a special device (as a combination, time lock, automatic release button, magnetic solenoid)”
Most of the time, we have found many types of definition of locks and heard the common definition many times, that is, “locks are all things that hold, hide, fasten, or bite”
Those dictionary definitions are much better than this type of definition.
Now here is a more precise definition of the lock, that is given by the International Association of Home Safety and Security Professionals. They said, “A device that incorporates a bolt, cam, shackle or switch to secure an object – such as a door, drawer or machine – to a closed, opened, locked, off or on position, and that provides a restricted means of releasing the object from that position”.
Want to make up a definition about lock?. If you try to do it you should ask yourself three things about it:
- Does your definition include padlocks?
- Does it include car ignition locks?
- And does it exclude a chair wedged under a doorknob?
If your answer is, ‘YES’, you are perfect!
You the only man who has the capability to provide the definition of locks.
The History Of Locks And Keys
There is no way to give an answer in one word to this question, ‘Who invented the lock?’ or ‘Who invented the key?’.
It’s a common question, but its answer is not too short. In one word, we can not give you the right and precise answer.
So, If you want to know about the history of locks and keys properly and want to get the right answer, you have to spend more times on this page.
The archaeologist in the mid-19th century wanted to say about the history of locks and keys that, the first locks and keys were invented by Mesopotamian people some 6000 years ago. They found the sign to spread it.
May be the were right, believe it?
To the last of this article, will get a clear idea to believe it.
Actually, the oldest known lock was found in 1842 in the ruins of Emperor Sargon 2’s place in Khorsabad, in the modern day in Iraq.
When the area would have been the Mesopotamian Kingdom of Assyria. It was dated to be about 4000 to 6000 years old.
And the principle of the locking mechanism of ancient Egyptian’s locks that are used by many of today’s most popular locks.
The Egyptian lock consisted of three basic parts:
Most early Greek doors pivoted at the center and secured with a rope tied in a complex joint, and it wan an amazing lock mechanism to protect the wealth. When more security was needed, doors were secured bolts from the inside.
We can know about the locks and keys of Greece in the famous poetry book written by the great poet Homer in about 800 B.C.E. He said in his book,
Other archaeologists want to say, the Romans brought the improvement upon of the Ancient Egyptian design.
They say also, the mechanism of locks and keys spread from Egypt to Greece and eventually to the Roman Empire.
Actually, the Romans improved on the lock design in many ways.
Their keys were made of Iron and bronze, that was ornately designed to be worn as jewelry.
Enough rich Romans would wear their keys as rings on their fingers or as a necklace using sting.
Another reason has, that is- the rich people showed off their wealth to wear keys as rings or a necklace, so that other patrician would know, they were very wealthy people.
Bill Phillips- the author of ‘The Complete Book Of Lock and Locksmithing‘ say,
Remarks-Who invented the lock?
During the middle ages, metal workers and the locksmith in England, Germany, and France continued to make the warded lock, with no significant security changes but they did it as an art. They brought improvements upon the previous locks, so, the mechanism of these was the same and they focused on making ornately designed for people to wear. At that time locks became works of art.
Three Englishmen: Robert Barron, Joseph Bramah, and Jeremiah Chubb were in the forefront of lock designing history in England.