Padlock and Key

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Small, heart-shaped padlock with steel shackle, locking mechanism and small key with double circle opening in oval bow. Front of body is stamped incuse "M. W. & CO" in arched roman letters above keyhole.
Alms box and padlock DL*245425.0078-.0079 were used together.
Maker is Mallory Wheeler & Co., a lock and hardware manufacturer in New Haven, CT, 1834-1913.
date made
1834 - 1913
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
Physical Description
brass (body material)
steel (shackle; locking mechanism; key material)
iron (locking mechanism material)
overall, padlock with key: 1 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 in; 2.54 cm x 3.175 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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