LVPL-ED45D1: Medieval key

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KEY (LOCKING)

Unique ID: LVPL-ED45D1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper ally key of medieval date. The object consists of a lozenge shaped bow, a stem and a bit. The edges of the bow are rounded and worn probably due to abrasion from within the plough soil. There is some damage to the end of the shank which is hollow. The bit is sub rectangular in plan and cross section. The clefts consist of one small rectangular length of the bit while projecting at a right angle from the side of the bit is another smaller bit with a small rectangular cleft removed. The object has a smooth olive green patina in places however most of the surface is light green and abraded.

From the size of the key and the presence of a hollow shank it is likely that the key would have been used to lock a casket or chest rather than a door. Door locks tend to have a solid shank and are larger. The keys illustrated in Egan (1998, 111-119) are all dated from the late 12th - to late 14th centuries (AD 1150 - AD 1400). Therefore a similar date is suggested here for this example.

Dimensions: 85mm in length, 25mm in width, 6mm thick, 35.8g.

Notes:

Reference:

Egan, G. Security Equipment in Egan 1998

Egan, G. 1998 The Medieval Household Daily Living c.1150-c.1450. Medieval finds from Excavations in London 6. London. Museum of London / The Stationery Office.

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 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 85 mm
Width: 25 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 35.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2014 - Wednesday 30th April 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Rushton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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