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SM (8) 56/5/12


Working drawing for cash chest, Temple Street


8 Elevations and section detail for Cash Chest for Swansea


bar scale of [inches] to a foot


as above, 2. 8 Guard Bramahs Locks 2 bolts each different Suits // 1. Spring Latch bolt top & bottom / Slides for 3 Shelves / Flush 2 Reed Pannels, labelled: Lock Plates 1/8 thick / 4.10 ¾ long / 1.2 wide, Front, Door 7/8 thick, Door plate ¼ thick / 4.11 ¾ long / 1.3 7/8 wide, Top & bottom / Plate ¼ thick / 2f8 long / 1.8 wide, Back / Plate ¼ thick / 5.0 high / 1.8 wide, Side / Plate ¼ thick / 5.0 high / 1.8 wide, Lock and dimensions given; (pencil) In a Week / Sept 14 1826 and various calculations and dimensions; verso: Swansea / Chest / Sept 1826

Signed and dated

  • as above, 11 and 14 September 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on wove paper with four fold marks (387 x 582)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


Bramah locks, named after the locksmith Joseph Bramah, were patented in 1787, and were famed for their impenetrability. The Bramah workshop and retail outlet, still in operation, has occupied the same location in central London since 1784.



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