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  1. Marty101

    Marty101 Registered User
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    Friends,I have a pal who just acquired a beautiful old watchmakers work desk,roll top,lots of drawers,etc.

    The drawers are closed and locked,and he has no key. He is not sure how to proceed. Are these keys of a generic nature? Can the lock be picked easily?
    Anybody have experience with this?
     
  2. novicetimekeeper

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    Most clock repairers are adept at picking locks, I think mostare only one or two lever.
     
  3. Marty101

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    Friend,that helps-if the keys are often of a simple design,maybe a generic type key will work or can be modified. He's afraid to do harm of course,and I can't blame him. I've only seen pics of these old desks 3-4 times.
     
  4. Tom Huber

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    Call a local locksmith. That is what they do

    Tom
     
  5. Bohemian Bill

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    Hi Marty..I have a antique rolltop watchmaker's desk made in 1890's from Chicago with cast iron pedal for a lathe. All the drawers are locked when the rolltop is closed and covered. When the roll top is fully open, it depress a wooden locking lever hidden in the back. It is accessable through the 8 inch by 16 inch lower storage door. My lowest right hand door, I sometime have to reach in the back and push it down to help it totally unlock all the drawers. I hope this will help
     
  6. Marty101

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    Bill that data might just be "key" haha-but seriously I do thank you. This is an early rolltop and it is closed...you certainly sound like experience speaking. I want to help this man if I can,and I will forward this immediately.

    Hiring a locksmith would most likely solve this trouble but it would be a last resort.
     

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