Vintage Smart Lock

Believe it or not, this is a 300-year-old smart lock, called the “Detector Lock,” and not just a decorative piece. Created by British locksmith John Wilkes during the 1680s, a small button by the man’s leg reveals a keyhole when pushed, while a door bolt is released when cocking his hat, and when combined with the turn of the knob, it’s quickly unlocked. A pointer indicates the number of times the lock as been opened so you’ll know if there have been any break-ins. For those who can’t view the video, continue reading for detailed images showing just how the lock works.

Vintage Smart Lock

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