|The John M. Mossman Lock Collection represents one of the most complete
anthologies of bank and vault locks in the world, with more than 370 locks,
keys and tools dating from 4000 BC to the modern 20th-century. Many of the
examples are unique, made-to-order locks that were not produced in commercial
quantities and nearly every lock has protected millions in money and
To augment the lock collection. Mr. Mossman donated his notes and
scrapbooks, known as the Mossman papers, which have proven to be a valuable
resource for the study of locks. "The Lure of the Lock" was published in 1928
and describes each lock in the collection.
Collections of various antebellum curios, rare books, prints, flags, clocks and medals have also been donated by
friends and members.
To order "The Lure of the Lock" or a photo CD of the lock collection please email
Admission to The General Society’s Mossman Lock Museum, which holds the Collection, is $10 per person.