Iron Key

One of our unique acquisitions is a large iron key with a hand-forged bow. Its bit consists of an interesting design that takes on different appearances depending on how you look at it. It shows “5252” in one direction, and “2525” when inverted. From either angle, three crosses are visible in the bit’s pattern.

Similar to keys made before the late 1700’s, this key has a decorative element. The highly stylized locks that were made prior to the rise of modern lock-smithing in the 18th century, were not difficult to crack. The locksmith who made this key may have been more interested in showing off his artistic talent than creating a foolproof locking mechanism.

 

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