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    Default The invention of "Double acting"?

    I know that 1778 was a pivotal moment in the world of locks, with the Barron Patent, but did he actually invent the double acting lever, or was he the first to realise that with more than one you could have real security?
    Looking at the page on the Aubin Trophy (http://www.chubbarchive.co.uk/page10.html), there is more than one reference to double acting single lever locks, e.g.

    5. Marked Old English this lock has a double-acting lever that must be lifted to a precise position to release the bolt.

    Further:
    17. By Sanders - this has four double-acting levers.
    27. By Robert Barron (the 1778 patent - his second) with double- acting levers.

    and yet:

    25. By Price (patented in 1774) - the first lock to have four double- acting levers. (Emphasis in original text)

    So was it in fact Price who invented the modern double acting multiple lever lock? I'm going to have to go and consult some books! And I need to find a picture of this lock by Price.

    (Once this is all over (Covid) I'm going to see about arranging some proper photos of the Aubin Trophy, as the tiny old ones on here are really not that useful, nor do they show off the locks! In fact, the best photo of it is the one snapped of the trophy room for the Covid announcement! https://antique-locks.com/images/ima...-HR-AT-max.jpg )

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    [QUOTE=NigelKTolley;32476]and yet:

    25. By Price (patented in 1774) - the first lock to have four double- acting levers. (Emphasis in original text)So was it in fact Price who invented the modern double acting multiple lever lock? I'm going to have to go and consult some books! And I need to find a picture of this lock by Price.


    Nigel, I have little knowledge of locks but I understand that George Price did not enter the safe and lock business until 1843. His first lock Patent was dated Oct.14th 1859 #2343 which was called the Ne Plus Ultra lock and was made by Charles Aubin of Nettlefolds and using his design of integral springs.
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    Price wasn't/isn't exactly an uncommon last name, and the first name isn't given, so I'm assuming it is a different Price altogether. I can't see anyone getting the name and date wrong by ~80 years! George Price is surely a different person, having only created his first lock design and getting his first patent several years after Aubin created the trophy.

    I assume that there are things engraved on the actual trophy telling us the names of the inventors, but the lack of any photos not taken on a toaster, plus the Covid situation prevents me from finding out. I might email Brian directly tonight.

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