Other Caber Press Books
- Does anyone have experience with Jack Thompson's Ancient
Locks & Keys? Does it go back far enough to be useful for
>Thompson Conservation Lab.
>7549 N. Fenwick
>Portland, Oregon 97217
>*He is not a morning person.
>That is the west coast too.
- Tracie Brown wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with Jack Thompson's AncientI do. I'm the one who sent the manuscript to Jack Thompson.
> Locks & Keys? Does it go back far enough to be useful for
> SCA period?
> -- Signy
I also sent him the English Medieval Chests articles to
make that book from.
[I doubt if it will succeed but I have been trying to
complete Master Finnr's final project of getting
Arthur MacGregor's Bone, Antler, Ivory, and Horn 
completed. He mentioned it to me in an email shortly before
he died but I believe at this point Finnr was being strung
along. I bought his book but MacGregor hasn't replied at
the only address [possibly not the one Finnr was using]
that I have been able to find for him. Maybe Jack will
have more luck. I appear to have wasted well over a $100
and many hours on it.] At least it helped his widow and
brother who are stuck with the costs of two funerals
with no insurance. I personally have sent her $110 and
bought $240 worth of his books. The MacGregor book was
a duplicate of mine bought for reprinting, as Finnr seemed
quite positive on the possibility of MacGregor authorizing a
reprint. It's kind of the Bible on skeletal materials
work. Very different from his York book of nearly the
same title. Finnr had been in touch with both MacGregor
and with Thompson but never connected the two together.
The book is now with Jack.]
The original Ancient Keys and Locks was a rapidly
deteriorating book I borrowed from the Chicago Public
Library written in 1883 work by British General
Pitt-Rivers who formed the Pitt-Rivers collection at Oxford.
There are a variety of ancient to newer lock types
illustrated both in metal and wood.
Jack contributed two lock articles he had to it
and I contributed a bibliography of locks in books
I've found, mostly own, that covers from Roman through
It doesn't have more locks I found in 2 other Helgo books
besides the one I cited or the ones in Medieval Winchester;
Object and Economy [which is a huge $450 2 volume set
that details the objects found at Winchester. I have it,
but I have not had time to completely dissect it for
citations - probably take me days.]. It does have a
3 1/2 or 4 page bibliography from many sources.
For the money it's a good deal. For the illustrations
and bibliography it's a good deal. AFAIK no one had
put together one before for reenactment use. The books
that include locks either have very few or are very
expensive quite often.
Master Magnus, OL, GDH, Regia
>>Thompson Conservation Lab.
>>7549 N. Fenwick
>>Portland, Oregon 97217
>>*He is not a morning person.
>>That is the west coast too.