Victorian Antique Shifting Bolt Langebear Birmingham Brass Rim Lock

Victorian Antique Shifting Bolt Langebear Birmingham Brass Rim Lock


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Although furniture produced in Lancaster from about 1870 normally has the prefix
'L' before a serial number, some nineteenth-century pieces have GILLOWS, LANCASTER
stamped not on the woodwork, but on the lock plates. An example of this practice
of marking the locks was recorded on one of the drawers on a counter alleged to have
been made originally for a bank in Church Street Lancaster probably about 1820—30.
Another later example also with the firm's stamp on the lock plate is a
reproduction satinwood Carlton House writing table, sold by Christie's, Glasgow in
1992. Impressing the Lancaster firm's name on the lock may have continued after 1897
when the firm became Waring and Gillow, judging from a reproduction early
eighteenth-century-style oak dresser which has the Lancaster firm's name on some of
the locks and 'Langebear Birmingham' on others.

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