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  1. #1
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    Country: Italy

    Default My family's old trunk with an Eagle lock

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    This trunk has been in my family forever. It was already collecting dust under a bed in my grandma's house when I was born. Looks like it was left open and the key was lost.


    I recently took a picture of the lock as a reminder to try and make a key for it. Maybe one day I'll update this thread with some picture of the key and a better picture of the whole trunk. The trunk is not in my house so the process will be longer than usual...


    Cheers :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by femurat View Post
    This trunk has been in my family forever. It was already collecting dust under a bed in my grandma's house when I was born. Looks like it was left open and the key was lost.
    I recently took a picture of the lock as a reminder to try and make a key for it. Maybe one day I'll update this thread with some picture of the key and a better picture of the whole trunk. The trunk is not in my house so the process will be longer than usual...
    Cheers :)
    Looks like their No. 8355 Excelsior trunk lock found on pg. 205 of Catalog No. 52 (c)1938, see thumbnail attached; click to enlarge. Had "two secure levers and 4 changes of keys" so shouldn't be too difficult to fit a key. Eagle key blank 5007 long obsolete, no known substitutions. You probably will need to find a suitable barrel key blank and cut it down to fit or make one from scratch. Eagle Lock Co. closed in 1975 after 121 years in business (1854).

    Pete Schifferli
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  3. #3
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    Thanks for the info. I plan to find an old key with the stem that fits and the flag a little longer than the hole. This way I can file it down to size and then impression the cuts. Being a two levers should make it quite easy. Old furniture keys are commonly found at flea markets for 50 cents or 1 euro each.

    The problem is the trunk is at two hours drive from me, so I need to find an excuse to go there. Going there just to make a key is not an option at the moment. I'll keep you updated.

    Cheers :)

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    If you can find a bunch of keys cut from the correct size blank you can almost bet that one will fit.

  5. #5
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    Thanks for the suggestion, Chubby.

    I like to make stuff and key impressioning is one of my hobbies. I prefer to file down a blank because it make me feel like I actually "restored", or better "put it back to service" thanks to my skills. I know that buying a dozen of cut keys at a flea market would be quicker and easier.

    Cheers :)

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