Synopses & Reviews
Designed to protect America's riches from every threat, these beautiful devices represent the evolution of lock technology during the nineteenth century, its most creative period. Many of the hand-crafted masterpieces are decorated with beautiful engraving and casting, despite the fact that their mechanical interiors would rarely be seen. They reflect the great pride in creative workmanship and the mechanical genius that characterized America at the time. Here for the first time is a comprehensive compendium of these marvels of complexity and their the fascinating history. Stunning photographs by Anne Day and learned text by the authors illuminates a remarkable but little-known chapter in American technological achievement. Over 400 color photographs.
About the Author
John Erroll is the curator of the John Mossman Lock Collection. A clinical psychologist, he lives in Sayville, New York. David Erroll, an attorney, shares his father's interest in time locks. He divides his time between New York City and Long Island. Anne Day is a noted photographer whose most recent work appeared in The United States Capitol: Its Architecture and Decoration by Henry Hope Reed. She lives in Lakeville, Connecticut.