KENT-1F6D07: casket key

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KEY (LOCKING)

Unique ID: KENT-1F6D07

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper-alloy casket key, probably of Medieval date (AD 1100 - 1500).

Description: The key is small with a solid drilled stem ovate in cross-section. A roughly circular bow loop forms he upper terminal. The opposite end of the stem has a flat bit projects from the underside of the stem at 90 degrees and has one rounded cleft in its outermost edge and stepped outer ward. It has an even green patination and is slightly bent along its length.

Measurements: 31.25mm long, 14.36mm wide (with bow and bit, 11.23mm at the bit), 3.85mm thick and 3.41g in weight.

Discussion: Such keys are a fairly common finds on the PAS database and recorded by Egan (1998, p.112, fig.86), Ward-Perkins (1940, 131 p.XXX) and Saunders (2012, 193 no.208). Dating is roughly 12th to 15th century throughout, however due to the simple nature of these keys, earlier and later dates cannot, as yet be discounted.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.25 mm
Width: 14.36 mm
Thickness: 3.85 mm
Weight: 3.41 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: Denton with Wootton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR2247
Four figure Latitude: 51.17911132
Four figure longitude: 1.17487996
1:25K map: TR2247
1:10K map: TR24NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) London The Stationery Office
Saunders, P. 2012 Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalogue Part 4 Salisbury Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
Ward Perkins, J.B. 1940 The London Museum Medieval Catalogue London HMSO

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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