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Mike Hulme

Wheatstone Cases

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Hi All,

 

Does anyone have photos of the original key that came with a Wheatstone case? Mine is missing, along with the closing buckle, and I would like to make a replacement buckle and source a suitable key.

 

Many thanks,

 

Mike

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Hi,

 

Here's a picture of a key I made for my Wheatstone box, but it's a wooden box, not a leather case with a buckle.

 

I disassembled the lock to find what shape the key needed to be and then modified a similar blank to fit.

 

Hope it might help.

 

Howard Mitchell

 

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Thanks Howard. On a cursory examination it would appear to be a similar style; hollow shaft, etc. I'll make a mock up out of brass tube before drilling out a final version from brass rod.

 

Cheers,

 

Mike

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You will likely find a suitable key blank from horological suppliers (clock repair) Don't look at clock keys, which are used for winding, but rather look at the key blanks used for the cabinet hardware.

 

I found hollow shaft key blanks which were readily ground down to fit the simple locks on a two different Lachenal cases when I lived in Lancashire. The shop I used was in Bury, which isn't far away, but you can likely find a shop closer.

www.restoration-materials.co.uk

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Thanks Ted,

 

They have suitable blanks, so I'll get a few and experiment!

 

Cheers,

 

Mike

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