Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

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Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Arnhem44mad » Sun Feb 04, 2024 8:16 am

Can anyone share any information on the correct padlocks for US ww2 tool chests. I have one with drawers with the area for a padlock to be attached but am unsure of the correct padlock to use.

I am looking for one wartime or pre ww2 with the Ordnance emblem. How do I tell what is warrime/post war?

Many thanks!

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by AZ Jeff » Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:17 pm

Hi Scott. I collected these for a few years (and subsequently sold them off to collect USMC locks). There were plenty of makers and styles -- steel, brass, diecast. Generally the ones with the Ordnance crest are WW2 and earlier ("Ordnance Department", it become a "Corp" in the 1950s). The U.S. marked locks were used concurrently but continue to this day. Dating them is a bit more tricky accordingly.

The classic Ordnance locks are the heavy, cast Yale type. I have one -- shown below -- that I transplanted the internals on in order to make it work with a key. Looks great and works. Missing the bail (simply replace or fill with a brass pin). It's for sale. It may fit your application... or not?

02.09.24 Yale Ord Dept Padlock.jpg

And here's an old, pre-WW2, stamped steel Master Lock marked to U.S Ordnance. It has an old replacement key. Also for sale. Smaller than the Yale.

02.09.24 Master U.S. Ord Padlock.jpg



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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by 85jeepcj » Fri Feb 09, 2024 5:48 am

Would the H 700. Key be correct for these padlocks?

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by AZ Jeff » Fri Feb 09, 2024 6:35 pm

Not that I've ever seen. They used the keys manufactured by the lock maker. Sometimes "set" matched, but not the generic H-700.

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Frank USMC » Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:16 am

Jeff
I knew a WW2 Marine here, and he had a padlock that the H700 key would open. Every time I was at his place, and he had to use the lock he would show it to me.Sadly after his death, it disappeared......with a lot of one of his stuff.
He joined the Marines in June 1941, and did 30 years. I want to say he told me he found the lock while stationed in Japan in the 1950s, and because the H700 key fit it, he kept it.
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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Messtruck » Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:34 am

Like Jeff, I collected ordnance (or in one case an ordinance (misspelled on lock)) for some time. There are all kinds of military locks, some with ordnance stamp, some with just US or USN, long shank, short shackle, "set" (one key fits several locks), some big, some small, some brass, some other metals. Image

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Messtruck » Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:36 am

For some reason, I can't post a picture of some of my locks. Likely because "high tech" when I was growing up was two tin cans and a string! :lol:

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by 85jeepcj » Sat Feb 10, 2024 6:53 am

Frank USMC

I’m thinking a H700 keyed padlock would be vehicle related.

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Arnhem44mad » Sat Feb 10, 2024 7:07 am

Thanks for the responses this has cleared some things up for me thank you!

Scott

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Re: Ordnance Padlocks - WW2

Post by Messtruck » Sat Feb 10, 2024 7:49 pm

I think I figured out the picture posting. Some of my locks
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