Help with Opening Breakfront Lock

bbtondoAugust 6, 2010

I usually hang out in the kitchen forum. Was hoping that someone would be able to help me with my furniture problem. I also posted this in the furniture forum.

I recently inherited a Statton Diningroom Breakfront that was purchased in 1955 by my Great Aunt. The glass doors of the breakfront have "key hole" locks that are in the locked position. I did not receive the key.

After searching the web, I think that it is a skeleton barrel keyed lock. I called Statton, and they were not able to help me. I am trying to avoid the cost of a locksmith ($90 just to walk into my home).

Does anyone have advice of how to unlock this breakfront? My DH and I tried to pick the lock with no success.

Thanks for any advice you could give!


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I had a similar situation with a desk...
I knew an "old guy" locksmith who had a huge supply of old keys....he came with the part of his supply that he suspected would work and of course one did. So he went back to the shop and made me one...all total cost $25...but that was about 20 years ago.
and the key he made fit several other pieces of furniture.
I would go to a junk shop or 2 and find as many of those small skeleton type of keys as I could and give them a try....gently you don't want to get the key stuck!
Or do you know anyone with a similar piece of furniture who has a key...?
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 3:46PM
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Maybe you will lucky on an auction lot of keys.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lots of keys on Ebay.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 8:00PM
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Most of those locks are simple affairs, once you see the detail. Try to get a look at the moveable plate inside. Use a magnifier and a flashlight or small lamp to get a peek. Sometimes the plate can be rotated with a small screwdriver.

If you have a pawn shop or a shop selling junk cabinet locks, buy a couple locks that appear similar to your lock and take those apart. An inexpensive, new lock can be instructional.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 5:29AM
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Thank you all for your help. I've ordered a ring of various skeleton keys online. Wish me luck!


    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 12:14PM
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Just wanted to followup. I received my ring of various skeleton keys from Kennedy Hardware. One of the keys fit and opened my breakfront! I am soooo happy!


    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 7:21PM
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Now buy one of those decorative tassels and tie it on the key so you will never lose it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Tassels

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 7:58PM
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Thanks so much for the link. DH and I were just talking last night how we need one of those "tassel thingys".


    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 8:55AM
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