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Aug 01 2012

Moroccan Lock Shopping

Category: Beautiful Doors,Locks & Keys,Road TripsLori @ 1:26 pm Comments (9)
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Here are some of the lock shops I visited while shopping for the locks in this post.

This is the shop at the Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet where I bought the wood lock:

Some more wood locks for sale there:

This shop in Marrakech where I bought the camel bag lock had a wide variety of “antiquities” (as his sign stated), and the proprietor rattled each item off as he pointed to it.

Here is his stock of old keys, next to bracelets worn by slaves to show who their owner was.  🙁

He also had this old lock, but no key:

This shop, also in Marrakech, sold modern locks and decorative items:

I also visited several locksmiths.  This one was so nice about answering all of my questions, and so surprised and happy when I brought him his photo the next day:

This is the “hardware store” at the weekly market (souk) outside of town:

And here’s a locksmith who was closed when we passed by:

You can even buy doors (I didn’t)!

This price tag converts to a little less than $12,000:

9 Responses to “Moroccan Lock Shopping”

  1. Clair E Gunnet Jr AHC says:

    FASCINATING. THANKS FOR THE VISIT TO MOROCCO. LOCKS DO INDEED MAKE GREAT GIFTS, ALONG WITH THE DOOR WOULD BE EVEN BETTER.

  2. Dave says:

    I’m an avid (addicted) lock collector my self. Nothing as exotic as those, mostly brass lever padlocks from late 1800 to early 1900. I just bought another one last night. Enjoy your new collection.

  3. Vincent says:

    I saw the bar code sticker: where were the readers?

    • Lori says:

      This store was pretty sophisticated. It even had air conditioning! We didn’t buy anything so I’m not sure if they used a scanner at the register.

  4. Jeff Tock says:

    Happy birthday!!! Leo’s rule..

  5. David R. DeFilippo says:

    Thanks – I like the Locks and Pottery Store

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