Seller: antiquezar (1,394) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 151892305454 Shipping Time Notice: Most orders shipped quickly, but please allow 3-4 days handing and 2-4 days for delivery, excluding holidays and weekends. I am sometimes required to be away for about week for work -- so some orders "may" take up to 12 days to deliver. I often travel to buy keys, so there may be delays during those periods. Please contact me in advance of bidding if a time delay is an issue. Thank you! I also buy antique keys and sell on consignment! Description Very rare, highly collectible key. Excellent, museum quality key with very little wear to the original engraving. Very few of these keys exist, with most in private collections or museums. About this key: One of the first “detector” locks, these keys date to the mid to late 19th century. Such keys were advertised as "un-pickable" at the time. Detector locks were invented to let the owner of a safe know if someone had tampered with the lock, or had tried to use a copied key in the safe. Often, the lock would capture the fake key, and the safe would have to be completely reworked to once again function. Used antique or vintage condition and unless otherwise noted. Condition may include any of the following: antique wear, patinas and or tarnishes / rust spots or minor defects. The key(s) you see are the actual key(s) you receive! See our other 100+ listed keys! Non-key items used in pictures for display, backgrounds and measurements not included or available for sale unless otherwise noted in the description. If you have questions about the nature of our keys, please contact us in advance of bidding or buying and we will be happy to answer your questions. Reproduction, Fake and Decorative Keys: Decorative or replica keys are still "keys" and can be valuable and highly collectible. We have some decorative keys listed at well over $400.00. Some are vintage, some are antique. Most decorative keys were not not designed to be working keys and duplicates (replicas) may exist. Fake keys are cheap keys made in China and India to look like genuine keys. They are often sold on eBay in large lots. “Replica” applies to any key that was made as a “copy.” In reality, most keys are replicas to some degree, like our house or car keys. It is a misleading term and does not generally mean the key is not collectible or valuable. Buy multiple items and the (US) postage is combined! For International shipping information, see International shipping notes below. Condition: (Read before bidding): As always (unless otherwise noted in the description), used keys may have varying degrees of antiquating, including rust, slight bends, tarnish, pitting, bent or missing teeth, small or micro cracks, etc. Unless otherwise noted, set collections may include: antique, vintage, modern, brass, steel, reproductions and rare selections. Keys listed as "brass" are assumed to be brass, but some could be other nonmagnetic material or plated metals. All dating of keys is estimated since keys can be reproduced at any time. Key sets packed together unless otherwise requested. Thank you! 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! If you do not like your purchase, or if you have any issues after receiving, contact me right away and I will make it right or refund your money! About this unique collection or key(s): I hand-pick my keys from a massive private collection. Keys may have originated from: Baroque (1600's – 1750's), Age of Enlightenment (1700's), Napoleonic (1799-1815), Georgian (1714-1830), Victorian (1837-1901), Romantic (1850-1920's), Machine (1900-1945) or Modern / Vintage Eras (1930's - present). In general, when applied to keys, the word "Antique" means a key believed to or known to have been made in the 1940's or earlier. Very few keys from the pre-19th Century period have makers marks to accurately date or place a specific key. In some circumstances, a key can be dated by very unique designs or cuts. As always, copies (reproductions or duplicates) of keys were often made many years after the original, only complicating accurate dating, authenticity and appraisals. Please note that vintage and antique keys were often modified. Bows and shafts were often interchanged as keys were damaged or locks progressed with time. This is a common practice and does not always effect collection value. I do not maintain historical data concerning specific keys unless otherwise noted in the description. Key sets may contain an assortment of keys including decorative, replicas and other selections unless otherwise noted. Key length sizes are sometimes rounded off to the nearest 1/16 to 1/8 inches. All keys from a smoke free environment. Only key(s) shown in auction are included. Keys are generally not cleaned to maintain antique nature, but preservation approved, light oil may be applied to prevent rusting. Patinas on some keys may be aged surface oxidation and will rub off or wash off. I also purchase keys! Payment Terms: All payments due within 4 days. Thank you! US Shipping I can only ship to your current PayPal account address due to PayPal Buyer Protection rules. Please make address corrections before buying. Combined Shipping: Ebay calculates postage for most expensive item to ship, then other items are shipped for free. (Other terms may apply). Combined shipping is calculated by eBay, not the seller. If for any reason you do not receive shipping discounts for two or more items, or an incorrect fee, please let me know and I will correct / refund excess postage fees. I only ship by USPS Priority because by the time I add tracking, packing and insurance to First Class or Parcel Post, the cost is equal or sometimes more and it takes a lot longer to receive. Shipping Delays: Please see possible shipping delays at the top of this page. After I ship, please remember that the USPS controls shipping -- including delays. Canada and International Shipping: (If available with this auction). Multiple International items purchased at the same time can be combined if the value does not exceed weight limits, or additional postage may be required. Please contact us in advance of purchasing multiple items. In some instances, International shipping does not include insurance unless requested and available. Please ensure your Pay Pal address is correct. We cannot alter shipping addresses with International shipments. Please use a secured address for shipping, avoiding apartment and box addresses if possible. Buyer is responsible for package losses once delivered, including theft. Seller nor Pay Pal will issue refunds for theft or loss once an item is recorded as delivered. Damaged items will require postal investigation and processing before any refund. Other Terms: Clock and general key fitting and sizing I do not suggest purchasing any key as a replacement unless you know the key will fit. The problem with older keys and locks is that the mechanisms and keys often change due to wear. In addition, key measurements can vary greatly due to small differences in bit cuts, depth, shaft diameter and sizing due to metric vs. US standards. Our square end keys, including clock keys are sized by metric standards. Although I accept returns, the cost of returning a key purchased on size speculation is generally not worth the cost. I suggest consulting a locksmith to confirm lock / key fitting. For additional clock sizing instructions please visit our special key sizing page. Refunds: I will gladly refund any purchase if you are not 100% happy. Contact me first and I will be happy to assist you with any problem. Please note that all returns must be postmarked within 14 days, include all items, be packed in equal protection as received and be tracked/insured (to prevent loss). Refund will be issued upon safe return of item(s) to seller. Please note return processing may be delayed due to my work schedule as noted at the top of this listing. Buyer is responsible for return postage costs. Items purchased for temporary use, including photography, theater, props, etc., will not be refunded. Refunds due to lost or damaged items: We will be happy to refund items that were insured and lost or damaged in transit. However, PayPal and US Postal regulations require the receiver to file a lost or damaged claim with your post office as soon as possible and/or respond to any inquiries. We cannot issue any refund until a claim is filed and a copy of the claim is sent to us. Once we receive a refund from the USPS we will issue your refund. International shipments are not insured unless requested. Seller is only responsible for proof of delivery to your location. In the event of theft after confirmed delivery, the buyer assumes all responsibility. Packing: Groups or sets of keys are generally shipped together in a tightly wrapped plastic bag. It has been our experience that keys are not seriously damaged when packed as a tight group. Valuable keys or single keys are usually packed individually. Special packing is available upon request, but large groups of common keys cannot be packed individually due to time restraints and postal box size and weight limits. Feedback: Please remember shipping delays, shipping costs and other issues are generally beyond our control. Although I try to inspect every key, some may have defects I honestly missed. In such cases I will refund your payment and pay for return shipping. Please remember this when leaving feedback. I will be happy to correct any issue. Copyright: All pictures are Copyrighted. Do not copy. All images watermarked. Display Items: Non-key items used in pictures for display, backgrounds and measurements not included or available for sale unless otherwise noted in the description. Keys shown in seller's logo are not included. Remember..........BID SOON! Last minute bidders often loose out!!! Thank you. Version 01-15 Condition: Antique or vintage condition. See large picture(s) and description for details.