A very interesting find on Ebay from several years ago was an all steel version of a J.H.W. CLIMAX Co padlock.
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So far I haven’t been able to find out much about the manufacturer of the padlock which was J.H.W. CLIMAX Co. other than the company was started in 1883 by John H. Wilkins (JHW), who was originally a partner in Romer & Co.
Stamped on the steel shackle “J.H.W. CLIMAX NEWARK N.J. U.S.A”, the company moved from New York to New Jersey in the very early 1900’s.
Both the case and shackle are made of steel, with a brass key. I tried to only to do a minimum amount of cleaning just to remove loose dirt and grime.
The brass key is also stamped “J.H.W. CLIMAX NEWARK N.J.U.S.A” and does show some wear from use.
The key opens the padlock easily with a single turn, and the drop cover closes with spring tension.
I have found quite a few examples of this type of “Railroad” padlock by
J.H.W. CLIMAX with a brass case and shackle or brass case and steel shackle, but so far this is the only one that I have seen with both a steel case and shackle.
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