WAW-88D64D: A Medieval Key (Locking)

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Unique ID: WAW-88D64D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete iron key dating to the Medieval period (c AD 1200-1300). The object has a sub-triangular bow, and an oval shaped stem that tapers towards the bit. The bit is S-shaped with five rectangular teeth, of irregular length, on the lower edge. The upper edge of the bit tapers to a worn point. The object is dark brown in colour.

For a comparable example see PAS record PUBLIC-55E9E8. 

The key measures 120mm in length and 48mm in width. 


Photographs and dimensions kindly supplied by the finder during the third Covid-19 lockdown period. 

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 120 mm
Width: 48 mm

Personal details

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Shelsley Walsh (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7263
Four figure Latitude: 52.26444264
Four figure longitude: -2.41169391
1:25K map: SO7263
1:10K map: SO76SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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