Description (Brief):

Flat coil or barrel spring act on end of bolt. Warded key acts on bolt to open lock.

Description (Brief)

Pierced and engraved repousse on back plate, engraving and mild repousse on top cover plate.

In August 2022, staff in the curatorial Division of Work and Industry discovered the provenance for this and other identified objects as, related to Nazi-era activities. Keywords included “distressed shipment,” “1940,” and “Germany.” Upon this discovery, staff reached out to partner organizations in Washington, D.C. and Germany to identify previous owners and better understand the nature of the transactions. Efforts to identify the original owners and contact next of kin are ongoing. These objects were shipped from Germany in March of 1940 aboard the Deutschland and were seized in New York City by U.S. Customs where they were “voluntarily abandoned” by the receiver due to insufficient documentation. They were subsequently transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in May of 1940. Curators at the time reached out to the intended recipient for further information, with no reply.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Europe

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mechanisms


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: ME.335842Catalog Number: 335842Accession Number: 156484

Object Name: LockOther Terms: Lock; Spring Bolt

Physical Description: metal, iron (?? material)Measurements: overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 23.8125 cm x 6.6675 cm


Record Id: nmah_850159

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