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Lock with booby-traps and secrets

Lock with booby-traps and secrets, created around 1860 by Emile Ottia, nicknamed “Emile le Tourangeau”, Companion Locksmith du Devoir. The lock contains an aperture concealed by a door bearing the arms of the City of Tours (three towers), which can only be opened by activating a secret mechanism. When it is armed, any attempt to force it open sets off a miniature cannon and a handcuff trap that snaps over the burglar’s wrist.

Lock with booby-traps and secrets

Photo R. Nourry

Flowing staircase
(1825)

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