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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ADP101, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. ADP101

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  2. Abaddon

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    Gosh, its very pretty. I want!
     
  3. GenMarshall

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    Vary rarely do you see craftsmanship on locks like those.
     
  4. ADP101

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    lol thanks, any idea how old it is?
     
  5. Sims2789

    Sims2789 Fool me once...

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    DO NOT CLEAN IT!!!

    I collect coins and cleaning them is always a bad idea. Even if you don't intend to sell them (it lowers their value), cleaning metal antiques often blemishes them, and takes away that "antique feel."
     
  6. Narz

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    That's pretty sweet. I'd be cool to ride around & lock up my bike with it. :lol:
     
  7. Swedishguy

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    Is it just me that do not understand why old Tibet locks are superior to assembly lined ones?
     
  8. Narz

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    Cause they're unique looking.
     
  9. Dubai Vol

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    It's very pretty but I'll bet you a beer it's not anything like as old as you think. Fake antiques are big business. Hope your sis didn't pay the earth thinking it was somehow valuable. Enjoy the craftsmanship and the look, don't get caught up in the idea that it's an antique.

    http://www.alca.us/FAKES.html

    Just one of dozens of sites a quick google turned up.
     
  10. cthom

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    i second that. i cleaned an old sixpence piece once and someone told me i'd rubbed all of its value off:blush:

    what do you intend to do with the lock?
     
  11. ADP101

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    I third that and Dubai, ill look into that, but seeing this lock it doesn't look fake.

    EDIT: Dubai, i looked at that site and they are all american locks

    EDIT2: i found this site http://divinitree.com/TempleLocks.html the keys are very similar
    http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/EC95/
     
  12. Dubai Vol

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    The fact that you can order as many as you like over the internet, from multiple sites, should tell you something... :lol:
     
  13. ADP101

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    nah non of them are the same, they only have 1 of each in stock, well first site doesnt say, but second site only has 1 of each
     
  14. Dubai Vol

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    From the 2nd site:
    And the site i posted before had a list of giveaways: if it came with two keys, it's a fake, if it has that barrel key design, it's a fake, etc.

    As I said, it's a nice and fun piece of art, but not an antique, nor of any value.
     
  15. ADP101

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    ah ok thanks, it did come with 2 keys :(. but it still has worth, as displayed on both of those sites
     
  16. Dubai Vol

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    Of course it has worth. It's a fun bit of history in and of itself: at one time (that time would be now) reproductions of old locks were flogged to tourists. The craftsmanship was superb, and in later years became valuable even though it was know to be a fake.

    That last bit has happened: fake 19th century reproductions of 16th century originals are now worth real money. But that lock? Consider it a cheap lesson. Everything from furniture to paintings is faked and sold to the unsuspecting.

    Again: enjoy it for what it is: I just paid far too much for a fake bronze sculpture, because it was my 8th wedding anniversary, and we have kept to the traditional gifts. Fifty dollars for a fake was cheap compared to what most men cough up for anniversary gifts. Was I ripped off? Definitely. Did I come out ahead? Absolutely.
     
  17. gwynneve

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    Hi - I notice your question about the temple locks. As some of you have noted, I sell these locks on my website: http://www.divinitree.com/TempleLocks.html They are not antique at all, but are newly-made by craftspeople in Tibet who make them for the temples. They can be seen all over India, Tibet and Nepal on temple doors. It didn't occur to me that people might think I'm trying to pass these off as antiques. Do you think I should clarify this on my website? :confused:
     
  18. Narz

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    No, I don't think you should. As long as you're not actively claiming they are antiques.
     
  19. LightFang

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    It's a beautiful lock, I'll give it that.
     
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    Free Tibet, buy a lock!
     

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