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broken skeleton lock on armoire

11 years ago

I would appreciate any help on this problem. I have an antique reproduction armoire with an old fashioned skeleton lock and I have the key. Recently, when opening the door with the lock in keyhole, I heard something fall off and now the key will not open the door! Called local locksmith and they said they couldn't do anything with it. I don't think it is possible to take the door off from the side hinges either. This armoire is in my mother's kitchen and has some food items stored in it so it goes without saying that we need to get it open, but I don't want to damage it either. Thought about cutting hole in back of it and reaching in to trip lock. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!

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