NMGW-742C5C: Roman key handle

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Roman copper alloy key handle

The copper alloy handle is complete but the iron key is missing (with a surviving length of 38.6mm and a weight of 15.7g). The bow of the handle is of openwork trefoil form (with a width of 29.0mm and a thickness of 5mm). The outside edge is enhanced with six lipped projections and at the apex is a longer ribbed moulding. On the interior is a projection at the base with a slight bifurcation and two angular projections near the top. It is possible that these three projections were originally joined. At the base of the handle bow is a square collar (11.6mm square). All four sides of the collar are enhanced with grooves defining ribs. There is now a sub-rectangular void (4.7mm x 3.9mm and 9.8mm deep) at the base of the collar. The surface is corroded with a pale-green patina and with areas of adhering iron corrosion around the base.


The handle may be seen as a variation of the more pronounced trefoil motif, similar to the example excavated at Colchester (Crummy, 1983 p 126, no. 4161 ) from a 4th century context. The type has been shown to date to post AD150 (ibid.).

1. Crummy, N.; 1983, The Roman Small Finds from excavations in Colchester 1971-9; Colchester Archaeological Report 2

Class: key handle

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Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.6 mm
Width: 29 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 15.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.168.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Other
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Newport (Unitary Authority)
District: Newport (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Langstone (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3891
Four figure Latitude: 51.61439755
Four figure longitude: -2.89682967
1:25K map: ST3891
1:10K map: ST39SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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