Keys for Antique Trunks
We have a supply of keys for antique trunk locks
which are becoming very scarce. If you do not have a key for your
antique trunk, we may have one to fit. If we do not have your key,
we may be able to locate one from our many antique trunk restorer
associates across the country.
If you have an antique trunk with a lock and no
key, here is how to begin your search for a key. Most antique trunk
locks have engraved on them the manufacturers name and a number.
For us to find your key, we need the name of the lock manufacturer
and the number on the lock.
There were many American lock companies in business
during the days when trunks were in great use. A few of the more
prominent lock companies in early America were:
- Yale Towne Mfg. Co. – Stamford, CT
- Eagle Lock Company – Terryville, CT
- Everlasting Lock Co. – New York, NY
- Corbin Lock Company – New Britain, CT
- C.A. Taylor Trunk Works – NY, Chicago
- Excelsior Lock Company – Stamford, CT
- The H&A Lock Company – New York
- Star Lock Company – Philadelphia, PA
- Taylor Lock Company – Philadelphia PA
- Sargeant Lock Company – New Haven, CT
- Long Lock Co. - Petersburg, VA
Most of these lock companies are no longer in business
and information about them is difficult to find. Their keys have
become scarce. The most common types of trunk keys were hollow/barrel,
flat, and corrugated keys pictured below.
Some companies had their own style locks and keys.