Hello, all, especially those who have interest in lock history in the U.S. I'm trying to assemble a patent list of those individuals/companies (Master, Junkunc/American, Yale & Towne, Dudley, National, etc) whose designs for a dual combination & key-operated (often referred to as key-controlled) padlock were successful in the marketplace. My search at the USPTO thus far has yielded:
No. 2487608 - Harry Soref et al, Master Lock Company
No. 2926514 - George Junkunc, Junkunc Brothers
No. 2931203 - Mathias Check, Yale & Towne Mfg. Company
I really enjoy reading how an applicant points out the "inadequacies" of a related, previously-issued patent.
I'm sure there are a number of other patents but search criteria is limited at the USPTO for years prior to 1976. Any additions/corrections that you can add to the above list would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and comment. Sincerely,