More russian spy locks

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Just got back from a small tour trough the US. Visited three lock factories, a couple of interesting companies and met lots and lots of interesting people. And all these people had things to tell and … locks to show. As you might know I am a big fan of ‘the rare russian lock’, and was in the blessed circumstance to have held three different models of these masterpieces in my hand in just one day at different locations. And I managed to shoot some images of two of them.

Russian spy combo lock

I will start first with a version that was unknown to me. It is a ‘combination only’, and to be honest I was in such a hurry I don’t even know how many digits the code of the lock is. What is clear is that is was used for the same purpose of the other lock I covered in this blog some time ago. The idea is that the lock goes over a keyhole and a safe or door can only be opened if the correct code is dialed first. I also like the details of the hand engraved serial numbers on the back and in the inner ring of the lock, as well as side pins that lock and unlock the lock (and the red seal paint on the screws).

The other lock was already covered here once, but here is an image of the one I saw last week. So nothing new except another key as before and serial number that is just six numbers off the one we knew before….

As I am writing this blogposting, the impressioning championships in Hamburg are in progress …. curious to hear who wins! Getting life sms’es and will edit the post once the score is known …

9 Responses to “More russian spy locks”

  1. shappy says:

    I have had you on my RSS feed for a few weeks now. Thanks for your posts!

  2. Barry says:

    Thanks for letting me know Shappy!

  3. Macgyver101 says:

    You noted that you weren’t sure of the number of digits in the combination for the first lock. “8 28” is written on the inside ring, and someone’s engraved 8-28-0 onto the back… it doesn’t look right for a date, so I’d hazard a guess that might (?) be the combination that someone added sometime after manufacturing?

  4. elphreaker says:

    Hehehe, somehow made me think about the Gemini shield ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. Don Rider says:

    I found a key that says CONTROL KEY on it made out of brass and has a notch on the back side and the teath are facing up with the writing looks like a 1 on it. any ideas

  6. ABC_MGN says:

    Greetings of Barry!
    About such lock in Russia make and now. On it I tell video about the similar lock.http://rutube.ru/tracks/3304403.html?v=717497f4b6ebe8195217219398d071e2
    They protect a key aperture of the lock of an entrance door.

    I know, you find locks about which even we know nothing in Russia.
    Here I tell about the lock which you still know.http://rutube.ru/tracks/3335838.html?v=65aebe3d96b4eff5bcd3d5239f13eb59 It is very interesting coded lock.

    Also on my page you will see many old locks of safes of the USSR.
    http://alex100r.rutube.ru/movies?oby=popular_tracks
    Yours faithfully Alekandr Storozhev, Magnitogorsk, Russia

  7. Alexander.mgn says:

    Greetings of Barry!
    About such lock in Russia make and now. On it I tell video about the similar lock. They protect a key aperture of the lock of an entrance door
    .http://rutube.ru/tracks/3304403.html?v=717497f4b6ebe8195217219398d071e2

    I know, you find locks about which even we know nothing in Russia.
    Here I tell about the lock which you still know. It is very interesting coded lock.
    http://rutube.ru/tracks/3335838.html?v=65aebe3d96b4eff5bcd3d5239f13eb59

    Also on my page you will see many old locks of safes of the USSR.
    http://alex100r.rutube.ru/movies?oby=popular_tracks

    Yours faithfully Alekandr Storozhev, Magnitogorsk, Russia

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