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Record ID: SOM-6D7315
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete Medieval cast copper alloy rotary key dating to c. AD 1150-1400. The key has a sub-circular bow with a circular central perforation. The bow measures 12.7 mm in diameter and thickens toward the shank. The shank measures 21.7 mm in length and 4.0 mm in thickness. It has a sub-rectangular section and tapers toward to a hollow recessed end. The bit measures 9.4 mm in length and 12.6 mm in width. It is very simple with two opposing notches on the upper and lower edge. The key has a dark green patina. The key is similar to Egan (1998:112) no. 294 but with more squared clefts. An…
Created on: Friday 17th August 2018
Last updated: Sunday 2nd September 2018
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Record ID: DOR-3F42F3
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
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An incomplete cast copper alloy rotary key dating to c.50 AD - c.200 AD The terminal of the key is trilobate, now missing its probable fleur de lis terminal. The stem continues from the terminal into a bulbous area defined by a collar continuing along the stem to where is narrows to accomodate the bit. The stem is hollow and sub-circular in cross section. The bit drops down from the end of the stem at a right angle and has two circular notches at the outer edge. Part of the tip of the stem is missing on one side.The key is similar to a number of key handles (copper alloy handles which …
Created on: Wednesday 15th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th October 2018
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Record ID: SOM-3279AC
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A medieval copper-alloy rotary key dating c. 1200-1400. From the size of the key and the presence of a hollow stem it is likely that the key would have been used to lock a casket. The bow is slightly irregular and sub circular in shape. Its sides are flattened to varying extents giving a mainly oval cross-section. It is 10.5 mm long (i.e. from the join with the stem to the opposite side) and 11.3 mm wide. A transverse moulding or collar can be seen at the junction between stem and bow. The stem consists of a hollow rod, rectangular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross-section. It is 1…
Created on: Thursday 1st February 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tarrant Hinton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DEV-9871DA
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A Medieval copper alloy casket key dating to c. AD 1150-1400. The key has a circular bow with a rounded double-stranded collar. On the top of the bow is a small knop. The shank is oval in cross section and tapers to a point beyond the edge of the bit. The bit is rectangular in shape, with a small rectangular cleft on the lower edge. Length: 41.3mm, Width: 15.3mm, Thickness: 9.4mm, Weight: 3.32g. Egan (1998: 112, nos. 300-305) presents multiple examples of keys with similar forms, dating to at least the late 12th to the late 14th century. Ward-Perkins (1940: 145, no. 3) dates ano…
Created on: Monday 13th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-F596B8
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A fragment from the handle of a late medieval copper alloy key, probably dating to c. AD 1300-1500. The fragment consists of the upper section of the shank and lower half of the bow. the shank is solid and sub-circular in cross section, it has been bent and terminated in an old break. The juncture between it and the bow has been elaborated with a central oval moulding flanked by collars. The surving bow consists of the partial frame of two hollow pointed-oval lobes, both truncated by old breaks. Dimensions: length 30.4mm; width 19.4mm; thickness 7.8mm; weight 7.16g. Ward-Perkins…
Created on: Thursday 12th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th October 2017
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Record ID: DOR-367423
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A broken and incomplete key. The bow is broken but was originally lozengiform with knops at the angles. The stem is hollow and tapers slightly to the broken tip. There is a small bit with a rectangular ward and single small angular cleft on the inner edge. The key is in two parts. Ward-Perkins type V. Date: Medieval - c. 1200 - 1400 Dimensions: 78.68 mm x 24.02 mm x 10.66 mm Weight: 23.43 g Reference: Ward-Perkins, 1940, Medieval Catalogue, p. 138 - 140, plate XXX, No. 30, Type V
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-5EEB08
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A incomplete cast copper-alloy key from the Early-Medieval to Medieval periods, circa 11th-12th century. The openwork bow is of inverted-triangular form, with internal ribs creating three sub-oval apertures. The bow extends smoothly into the remains of the stem, which is of oval cross section.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 28th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A8D029
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete copper alloy rotary key. The key comprises of a bent and broken circular tapered bow, oval section stem and a rectangular bit with two clefts in the leading edge, one at the top and one at the bottom, and one cleft in the middle of the inside edge. Date: Late Medieval to Early Post Medieval Dimensions: 31.3mm x 12.76mm x 4.08mm Weight: 3.7g
Created on: Tuesday 27th September 2016
Last updated: Monday 19th February 2018
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Record ID: DOR-9AA43C
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
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An incomplete iron rotary key. The bow was heart-shaped, but one lobe is missing. The remaining lobe has a sub-circular aperture. The bow is flattened and and flared from the stem. The stem has a sub-angular cross section and expands slightly towards the broken tip. The rectangular bit is set at right angles to the bow and is in the shape of a forward facing angular S with two narrow clefts, one from each edge. Date: Roman - c. AD 150 - 400 Dimensions: 131.57 mmx x 48.57 mm x 31.49 mm Weight: 91.25 g A key with a similar bit is recorded in database record HAMP-78F8D1
Created on: Wednesday 4th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 10th May 2016
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Record ID: PUBLIC-D053A6
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper-alloy casket key, dating from the Medieval period, c.1200-c.1350. Ony the key bit and distal end of the stem survive. The stem is of circular cross section, tapering to a pointed tip.The upper portion of the bit is rectangular and the lower portion is inverted-T-shaped. The piece measures 13.86 mm in length,11.60 mm wide and has a thickness of 3.48 mm. It weighs 1.817 grams and has a shiny light green patina which is also evident on the break.
Created on: Friday 25th December 2015
Last updated: Friday 29th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-CFAE41
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A cast copper-alloy casket key from the Medieval period, c.1200-c.1300. The bow is of flat section and sub-oval in plan, with evidence of wear on its upper end.The stem is of oval cross section and has a hollow tip. A simple sub-rectangular bit forms a near 90 degree angle with the underside of the tip. The key measures 35.76 mm in length, has a bow diameter of c.14.55 mm and a stem of 3.59 mm wide x 5.66 mm high. It weighs 4.296 grams. The object is very corroded and pitted, with a patchy green and brown patina.
Created on: Friday 25th December 2015
Last updated: Friday 29th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wareham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-74AC47
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy rotary casket key from the Medieval period, c. 1200-c.1300. The key has a circular bow, a sub-oval-sectioned stem with hollow tip and a square bit with two opposing clefts. It measures 39.19 mm in length, has a bow diameter of 13.25 mm and weighs 6.897 grams. Reference: Saunders,P.(ed.) 2012. Salisbury and south Wiltshire Museum catalogue part 4 p.161, plate13. No 174. Also PAS recordWILT-B48732 for a close example.
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Last updated: Friday 29th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-73EBE9
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy rotary casket key from the Medieval period, c.1200-c.1400. The bow is lozenge shaped, of flat section and has an oval aperture. The stem is of oval cross section, widening towards the distal end, where there is a projecting tip and broadly L-shaped bit.The key is well preserved, with a glossy green patina. It measures 36 mm in length; the bow is 13.5 mm x 13 mm. The bit measures 6.5 mm x 6.5 mm. The key weighs 2 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Last updated: Sunday 1st July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-44A97F
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable copper-alloy key fragment from the Medieval period. Only the circular bow and a fragment of the stem survive. Both bow and stem are of flat section and the stem has a wider collar at the bow end. It measures 18.54 mm in length, 2.14 mm in thickness and weighs 1.615 grams. The bow has a diameter of 13.95 mm. The object has a pitted green patina.
Created on: Sunday 6th December 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-53C0EF
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete copper alloy key. A slide key. The bow is circular with two knops on the outer edge. Below the bow at the start of the stem are two small angled knops, one at either side. The stem is hexagonally facted. At the end nearest the bit is a transverse collar and a round-ended moulding, (possibly a devolved zoomorphic decoration. The bit is flattened and stepped out from the stem and extends into a box-shaped frame. At the mid-point of the long edge adjacent to the stem, the frame has a v-shaped notch and there is a similar, smaller notch in the opposite inner edge. The outer edg…
Created on: Thursday 2nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolpuddle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A81CF6
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy key. The bit and end of the stem only of the key remains. The stem is circular in cross section and solid. The tip is flush with the end of the bit. The integral bit is rectangular and of thin metal. It has a large angular cleft with a smaller cleft extending to the side. One of the wards is broken at the end (that furthest away from the tip of the key. The front ward is decorated with three incised chevrons each with a central line, set point downwards along the lower edge of the ward. The broken rear ward is decorated with two scored diagonal lines formi…
Created on: Thursday 19th March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 21st April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-6E063A
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete but broken copper alloy key. The key has been broken in two. The key has a long drop-shaped bow with openwork, foliate decoration. The stem is oval in cross section and tapers to a pointed projecting tip. It has a raised collar at the wide end. The key is broken where the bow meets the collar. The tapered rectangular bit has a central sub-angular aperture. At the base of the bit are two projecting spike-like wards with a cleft between. The wards are set at each of the two bottom corners of the bit and project at right-angles to it. The openwork design set inside the frame o…
Created on: Monday 16th March 2015
Last updated: Friday 27th March 2015
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Record ID: PUBLIC-EC2171
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy casket key dating to the Medieval period, circa 1100-1450 The key has a circular bow, with a hollow stem of oval cross section. The bit is sub-rectangular, having one cleft on its inner side and two on the opposite side. The key has an olive green patina and is in fine condition. Length of key: 36.58 mm. Diameter of bow: 17.56 mm. Dimensions of stem: 6.36mm x 5.61 mm. Bit: 7.54 mm x 8.02 mm. Several examples of similar casket keys were found in excavations in Winchester ( see Biddle1990: 1024-1036), in layers dating from the 12th-14th centuries. A similar …
Created on: Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Last updated: Sunday 1st July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-D72322
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy casket key of the early post medieval period, (circa 1600-1700 ). The key has a kidney shaped bow with two internal projections in line with the solid stem. The stem has a flaring collar collared below the bow with a single transverse rib to and bottom. Beyond this the stem is narrowed from the collar and tapers very slightly to the blunt, projecting tip. The rectangular bit has a single cleft with a worn leading edge. The key is in fine condition with a dark brown/greenish patina. Length of key: 65.63 mm. Diameter of shank: 5.82 mm. Width of bow: 28.57 mm. R…
Created on: Monday 21st July 2014
Last updated: Friday 8th May 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-B26391
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A corroded wrought iron rotary key of a post-Medieval date. The bow is incomplete but was probably oval in plan. The stem is of oval cross section, with two baluster mouldings. The stem projects beyond the bit by 9.51 mm. The openwork bit is rectangular in plan, has two wards and three clefts on each side. Bit.22.35 mm x 24.71 mm x8.82 mm. Length of key 115.74 mm. Weight 75g. Probably a door key or gate key dating to the 18th century. For a parallel, see PAS record HAMP-0496A4.
Created on: Monday 6th January 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nr Wimborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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