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“She went upstairs and got the storeroom key, which was made of bronze and had a handle of ivory, she then went with her Maidens into the storeroom at the end of the house, where her husband’s treasures of gold, bronze, and wrought iron were kept. She loosed the strap from the handle of the door, put in the key, and drove it straight home to shoot back the bolts that held the doors.

“Romans’ Contribution

Other archaeologists want to say, the Romans brought the improvement upon of the Ancient Egyptian design.They say also, the mechanism of locks and keys spread from Egypt to Greece and eventually to the Roman Empire.

Actually, the Romans improved on the lock design in many ways.Their keys were made of Iron and bronze, that was ornately designed to be worn as jewelry.Enough rich Romans would wear their keys as rings on their fingers or as a necklace using sting.Do you want to know why they wore keys as rings or necklace?The answer is ridiculous and laughable. They didn’t have pockets!Another reason has, that is- the rich people showed off their wealth to wear keys as rings or a necklace, so that other patrician would know, they were very wealthy people.Bill Phillips- the author of ‘The Complete Book Of Lock and Locksmithing’ say,”The Romans are sometimes credited with inventing the padlock, but that’s controversial.

There is evidence that the Chinese may have independently invented it before or about the same time. The demand for locks declined after the fall of Rome, in the fifth century, because people had little property to protect. The few locks used during the period were specially ordered for nobility and the handful of wealthy merchants.”Remarks-Who invented the lock?After reading this article, if you ask us, ‘when was the lock invented?’, ‘When was the key invented?’. As a researcher of the history of locks and keys, we will say in one word, ‘Egypt’. The Mesopotamian people invented the locks and keys first. Then its mechanism spread from Egypt to Greece and Roam.

Now, you are going to learn everything about the history of locks and keys of modern days. Let’s do that.Europe’s ContributionDuring the middle ages, metal workers in England, Germany, and France continued to make the warded lock, with no significant security changes. They brought improvements upon the previous locks, they focused on making ornately designed for people to wear. At that time locks became works of art.England’s ContributionThree Englishmen: Robert Barron, Joseph Bramah, and Jeremiah Chubb were in the forefront of lock designing history in England.In 1778, a double-acting tumbler lock was patented by Robert Barron.In 1784, another Englishman Joseph Bramah patented the lock of his own name, ‘Bramah Lock’.And In 1888, the great and famous Englishmen Jeremiah Chubb patented his detector lock. It won him a reward offered by the government of England.

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