The locksmith’s workshop in the 16th–18th centuries The guild system was a system of societies or associations of professionals, such as blacksmiths, locksmiths, brass founders, tailors, and cobblers. In Sweden, the first such guilds were established in the mid-14th century and reached their peak during the busy construction period of the Vasa Renaissance in the 16th century. Each guild consisted of craftsmen in a specific profession, and the guild monitored the manufacture, quality, and pricing of products. The organization was governed by guild rules. There were three separate membership levels: master craftsman, journeyman and apprentice. The master craftsmen were the only ones allowed to work independently in their profession. All members started as apprentices, and after a number of years they could advance to journeyman status. Journeymen could become master craftsmen if they created a “masterpiece” that the guild approved as proof of their ability. The guild system was abolished in Sweden in 1846. Today’s locks and security solutions Welcome to ASSA ABLOY’s product pages for more information about today’s locks, access control, mobile keys with NFC, door automatics and more. In the ASSA ABLOY solution pages you can experience lock and security solutions for any door opening.