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    • Created: Thursday 5th April 2018
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Record ID: NARC-5F71B8
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A fragment of a copper alloy rotary Key of Medieval date (AD 1100-1500). The bow and handle are missing due to an old abraded break. The retained portion of stem above the bit is a flattened oval in cross section with a concave end. The bit is rectangular. It has rectangular section wards in both the leading and trailing edges creating an "S" shape and the lower section of the bit has six, shallow, vertical wards. The metal is a light green in colour with a slightly pitted patina. Length: 33.21mm, Width (bow): 8.49mm, Thickness (bit): 5.17mm, Weight: 25.2g.
Created on: Thursday 5th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Record ID: NARC-5EFCEA
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy Casket Key of Medieval date (AD 1150-1450). The key comprises a circular loop, from which an oval cross-sectioned bow extends. A rectangular cross-sectioned bit projects at 90 degrees from the bow. This narrows to a neck, and then expands out again. The bow appears to be hollow at the terminal with the bit. The metal is a light-green in colour with a slightly pitted patina. A number of very similar rotary keys are shown in G. Egan's 'Medieval Households' pages 111-119, more specifically, number 298, pg 112. From the size of the key and the presence of a holl…
Created on: Thursday 5th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th April 2018
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