Any Ideas how old this key is?

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Any Ideas how old this key is?

Post by dirtdigger1 » Fri May 17, 2019 1:56 pm


Was out for a few hours with my Equinox, here in the UK on a local farm permission....dug this bid heavy key up in the middle of a field.

It was a deep one, prob 10"+ easily.

Just wondering if anyone would know how old it is and what it would have been used to open?

Weird how the teeth of the key (thats what i call 'em lol) are facing forward.

Any ideas?

much appreciated


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Re: Any Ideas how old this key is?

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri May 17, 2019 2:02 pm

I'd be inclined to look at medieval examples for similar but it could be as far away as 17/18th C Quite unusual one that ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Any Ideas how old this key is?

Post by Lowland » Sat May 18, 2019 12:33 am

never seen one like that..
Looks unusual-,ss47 could be Right withthe age range.
Cool find ::g
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Re: Any Ideas how old this key is?

Post by Phil2401 » Sat May 18, 2019 9:23 am

Nice find. Had a quick scan of the PAS database and there are quite a few slightly similar keys, a few with similar forward-facing 'teeth' or clefts, all of which are classed as medieval, but as others have said, it could well be later.

Hopefully not too off-topic, but whilst idly Googling old keys I came across this site relating to Roman keys - probably already known to many of you, but since like me I guess some of us have a collection of unidentified Roman-looking small bits of bronze, it might be worth checking if any of those bits might be part of a key..

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