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Record ID: PUBLIC-D4E8F6
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
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Medieval copper alloy key, dating from circa AD 1300-1500. The key is incomplete, as the handle is missing and the wards are also damaged. The hollow shank is broadly circular in cross section with slightly flattened upper and lower sides and rounded outer edges. The shank is undecorated with an elaborate bit, which is 16mm deep and projects at a right angle from the shank. The bit consists of a rectangular plate 10.2mm wide with two forward facing wards. The lower is broken and only a stub remains, but the upper projects for 8mm before the tip is curved back directly opposite a 2mm do…
Created on: Saturday 15th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbaston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-B97CF0
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval? copper alloy casket key, Length: 38 mm, width: 12 mm, thickness: 4 mm, diameter: 4 mm, weight: 3.55 g. The key consists of a circular loop sitting on a tapering circular cross sectioned shaft with a simple T hspaed bit.
Created on: Friday 14th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Leicestershire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-B96CC7
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval copper alloy key Length: 79 mm, width: 30 mm, thickness: 8mm, weight: 39.56 g. The key consists of a rectangular bow which is aligned so that one of its corners sits in the shaft. The bow is decorated with four small circular holes aligned with the cardinal points. Its upper edge has a collared projection, rectangular in form and circular in cross section. This has an incised horizontal line on its outer surface and when viewed from above, a cross bar, formed of a plate which extends into the bows surface. The shank is sub circular in cross section, c. 8mm in diameter and hol…
Created on: Friday 14th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Leicestershire', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-7DF8BE
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy casket key of medieval date, c.AD 1150 - 1450. The key is small with an ovate cross section. A circular bow extends from one end of the stem with a circular perforation. The opposite end of the stem is flat and shows a hollow interior to the key with a bit projecting out at 90 degrees. The metal has a mid-green patina and is worn. The key is 36.7mm long; the bow is 13.5mm in diameter; the bit is 7.9mm x 3.6mm. It weighs 6g. Similar keys are illustrated in Egan (1998), p.112, fig.86. Ref: Egan, G. (1998) The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450 (Medi…
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-791590
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Post Medieval copper-alloy rotary casket key. The open bow is oval shaped, flat on both faces with a longer outer diameter of 15.55mm. Internally and adjacent to the shank the bow has two short triangular intrusions The oval-section shank is solid and tapers in width towards the bit. The simple bit is plain and square-shaped. This key is corroded and dull brown in colour. Length: 33.64mm, 15.55 mm, width at the bow and 3.86 mm width of the shank. Weight: 2.9g. Circa AD1550-1700. Other examples on the PAS database: SF-690F56, SF-7B2160.
Created on: Tuesday 11th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-D968F2
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An extremely small, probably late medieval cast copper alloy casket or book lock key, only 22.5 mm in length. The bow is oval with a moulded knop at the end. The stem is square in cross-section with rounded edges and tapers gradually to a rounded point that is extended beyond the bit. The bit has a horizontal cleft at the top and two vertical clefts at the base. Weight 1.2g. Quite similar to published record SF5626.
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sandwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-D219DC
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy rotary key dating to the Medieval period, c. 1150-1400. It demonstrates a circular bow with a large central aperture for suspension. The shank is oval in section and hollow, the bit rectangular in plan with a single small cleft taken out of each side. Preserved in good condition with an even greenish patina, it measures 33.88mm in length, 13.49mm in diameter at the bow, and 5.05mm thick at the midpoint of the shank. It weighs 5.27g. A practically identical key has been recorded on the PAS database as NLM-742398. The small size of these examples suggests tha…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Monday 3rd September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hopton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-D0E812
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval copper alloy casket key. The key has a broken circualr loop with a collar leading into a rectangular shank. A simple H-shaped bit extends from the terminal. The tip of the shank is a hollow oval.
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 26th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Freiston area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-949144
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval copper alloy small casket key. A circular open loop sits on a decorated collar above the shank. The loop and shank are circular in cross section. At the base of the shank there is a projection, part of the bit, most of which is missing. Diameter of loop is 15mm and the total length of key is 40mm. The weight is 4.92g
Created on: Friday 31st August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 26th September 2018
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Record ID: IOW-AD5064
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and misshapen post-Medieval copper-alloy rotary key, possibly for a casket (c. 1500-c. 1700). Most of the bow is missing and the bit is misaligned from the stem. The handle/bow would probably have been kidney-shaped when intact. All that survive of the bow are two internal projections adjacent to the stem and a tiny portion of the bow. The stem is circular in cross-section. Between the bow and solid stem there are four parallel moulded collars all about the same size. The clefts and wards on the rectangular bit form an 'S' shape. The metal is finely pitted and is a re…
Created on: Monday 20th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 21st August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-AB5BBF
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy casket key of medieval date, about AD 1150 - 1450. The key is small with an ovate cross section. An incompete circular bow extends from one end of the stem with a circular perforation. The opposite end of the stem is flat and shows a hollow interior to the key with a bit projecting out at 90 degrees. The metal has a brown/green patina and is worn. The key is 27.8mm long and 2.9mm wide; the bow is 12.2mm in diameter; the bit is 11.2mm wide. It weighs 2.8g. Similar keys are illustrated in Egan (1998), p.112, fig.86. Ref: Egan, G. (1998) The Medieval Househol…
Created on: Monday 20th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-6D7315
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: PUBLIC-02E06F
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy rotary key dating to the Medieval period, c. 1150-1400. The bow is circular and flat on both faces with a central circular aperture, probably for suspension. It has an outer diameter of 9.87mm with the hole measuring 4.62mm in diameter. The shank is oval in cross-section and solid, tapering to a sharp point that extends beyond the bit-the latter being broadly rectangular in plan with a single cleft in the front edge. Preserved in good condition, it possesses an even greenish patina. The size of this example suggests it may have been used on a chest or cas…
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 31st July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-F056B9
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Birmingham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy Medieval rotary key of probably medieval date (c. AD 1300 - 1500). The key has a circular openwork bow with a cross. The stem is hollow and joins the bow with a moulded collar. The bit is rectangular in shape now broken. The outer edge of the bit appears has been rolled over to form a tube, part of which has been broken. The length is 75mm and the width 38mm. This key was probably for a casket or chest. A key with a similar bow illustrated in Ward-Perkins (1940 Plate XXIX no. 13) is suggested to be 14th or 15th century.
Created on: Monday 30th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Streethay', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-5E86FC
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval copper-alloy rotary key. The key has a circular bow formed of a loop around a large opening. The shank has a broadly oval cross-section with a rectangular collar where the bow meets the shank. The end of the shank is hollow with a deep recess. There is a simple rectangular bit. The key is 36.2mm lonf, 11.1mm wide, 4.2mm thick and weighs 4.29g. According to Egan (1998, p.g. 111) these types of keys date from the late 12th to late 14th century and were most likely used for caskets or chests. A similar key can be seen illustrated in Read's (2001) 'Metal Artefacts of Antiquity…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th July 2018
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Record ID: WMID-76D9AB
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Roman incomplete copper-alloy finger ring-key possibly dating to circa AD 200-410. The ring is possibly of the key finger-ring (or 'ring-key') that were associated with small boxes and caskets of personal possessions rather than doors or cupboards. The hoop of the finger ring is complete and is broadly circular in plan. The hoop has a squared cross section. At the centre of the hoop is a broadly triangular raised ridge. Above this is a circular perforation. Protruding vertically from the central perforation is possibly a damaged key bit with broken end terminals. The surface of the…
Created on: Thursday 12th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th July 2018
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Record ID: NMS-4B9409
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval cast copper-alloy key, probably for a casket, oval bow with a circular aperture, shank of sub-oval section with hollowed end. Simple bit with opposed rectangular cut-outs. Length 37mm. Width of bow 11mm. Cf. Egan (1998), pp. 111-119, who suggests a broad date range of 1100-1300.
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-F67663
Object type: PADLOCK
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy barb spring padlock case of medieval date, c. AD 1100 - 1300. The lock comprises a hollow cylindrical case with a rectangular pierced arm projecting upward from one end. A rectangular key aperture is present to the end, below the arm. The opposite end is obscured by corrosion. The metal has a mid-green patina and is worn. The lock is 28.3mm long, 8mm wide and 2.2mm thick at the arm, the case us 9.8mm in diameter. The object weighs 7.9g. A similar padlock is illustrated in Egan (1998), p.93, fig.66. Egan suggests that such cases were used for small padlocks,…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 31st July 2018
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Record ID: NMS-E51E3E
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval cast copper-alloy key, probably for a casket, oval bow with a circular aperture, shank of sub-oval section with hollowed end. Simple bit with opposed rectangular cut-outs. Length 34mm. Width of bow 10mm. Cf. Egan (1998), pp. 111-119, who suggests a broad date range of 1100-1300.
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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Record ID: NMS-E4F9E1
Object type: KEY (LOCKING)
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval key for casket, formed from cut and folded sheet, with perforated oval bow, simple bit and projecting pin, folded in half widthways. Length (unfolded) 50mm. Bow width 10mm (round aperture diameter 3.5mm). Bit 8 x 8mm. 13th - 14th century.
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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