Ten-Second Takeaway

Head to this antique shop at Fort to get your hands on unique locks, century-old coins, compasses and more.

What Should I Buy

Located just below Kitab Mahal at Fort is Yusuf Ismail Siddiqui’s {also fondly known as Topiwale Uncle} unassuming shop – which is actually a goldmine. This 80-year-old shop is home to some unique locks {fish-shaped, turtle-shaped, Buddha-faced, etc.} priced for INR 1,200.

The best part about them is that they won’t open with their keys alone. Yes, you read that right. If you buy the fish-shaped lock, you will have to press the eye to open it, or if you get the turtle-shaped one, you will have to move the turtle’s head. So yes, completely theft-proof and they’re all decades old too, adding to the antique value.

If you love collecting coins, come here to see some century-old coins from the time of the British Raj {you can see East India Company engraved on them} and they’re priced between INR 10 to INR 65. Similarly, you will also find old money notes for INR 100. Interestingly, they also have steel knuckles priced between INR 250 to INR 500, which are hugely popular with women who buy them for safety purposes. Also come to this shop for beautiful old compasses that are available in all sizes starting at INR 50. If you’d love to keep beautifully designed walking sticks as artefacts at home, they will be easily available for INR 1,500.

So We’re Saying…

If you’re a collector of all things unique and antique, this is a shop that could possibly leave you broke, but very happy.

#LBBTip: Keep in mind, though, that this shop shuts at 5pm {and is also shut on Sundays}, so head there early.

Photos: Aman Deshmukh/LBB