This is another instance of a trivia question that doesn’t really have a clear answer. If you guessed that Joseph Loch created the first combination lock, I’ll take it. He is credited with creating the first modern combination lock for Tiffany’s in 1878.

But the history of the combination goes back many years before that. The basic idea of what became the combination lock that we all know today was found in use as far back as 704 B.C. in Egypt. They used a system of sticks of wood in place of what would be metal pins in our modern day lock. This device was used to secure the door to the Palace of Khorsabad in Niveveh.

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