Padlock and key

Padlock and key
Title
Padlock and key
Date 
1800-1900
Medium 
Iron, brass, pigment
Dimensions 
a (lock): 5 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (12.7 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm) b (key): 3 5/8 x 1 x 3/8 in. (9.2 x 2.5 x 1 cm)
Description 
Sheet iron padlock (teddy bear head shape); painted black with brass rectangular sliding key plate brass key with baluster-shaped shaft and complex key cut.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1193ab
Gallery Label 
According to collector Elie Nadelman, this lock was from the battleship "Alabama." It was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group