Antique trunks require special upkeep, as you’re probably aware. When you’re locked out of your antique steamer trunk, you really should entrust just any old locksmith – make sure they’re skilled and up to the job! A certified locksmith such as those at Quickly Locksmith are knowledgeable enough to get you back inside without damaging your precious antique. However, if you’re brave and want to try yourself, here are some tips.
Know the lock:
The absolute first thing to consider is what kind of lock your steamer trunk uses. Pin tumbler locks which are usually fitted to more modern versions that try to embody the appearance of their genuine antique counterparts require real experience. They’re easy to spot as shining a spotlight inside the keyhole will make the pins clearly visible. If you don’t have any experience, it’s probably best to avoid potential damage and give an expert a call. However, if you have a little experience and want to give it a go, all that’s needed is a tension wrench.
Old, ancient and strong, but luckily for you, easy to break into. They’re also easy to spot by shining a flashlight inside the keyhole as you will be able to see straight inside. When dealing with these kinds of locks, skeleton keys can be used. Make sure they’re almost entirely inserted with just a small portion hanging out – that way you can twist the lock along with the key. Skeleton keys are easily sourced by any local locksmith but if you’d rather leave the job to the professionals, Quickly Locksmith are always at hand to offer support.