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Keys - Viking Age and Early Medieval

Keys - Viking Age and Early Medieval (5)

The head of household, usually a woman, usually carried a key to the important storage rooms and boxes. Travel and trading could be dangerous and the sea is unforgiving. If the men of the farmstead were away someone had to manage the household, especially if the men died. The giving of a key to the wife became part of the wedding ceremony signifying both the husband's trust and her obligation.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:29

Round Handle Twist Key - Bronze

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key round handle turnsCopy of a key from the Swedish National Museum with three bumps that matched the release pattern inside the lock. The key was twisted to open the lock. Since each lock and key were unique and there were no duplicating machines they were quite secure.   2 3/8"L x 1 1/8"W or 60mm L x 30mm W   Bronze

$15.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:21

Bronze Stairstep Twist Key

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key stairstep twistsCopy of a twist type key in the Swedish National Museum. Some keys were much more highly decorated but they were also rare. This style of key has three bumps in a pattern on the opposite side of the business end of the key. Part of the code invoved a pin fitting into the shaped hole plus matching the bumps to release the lock.  2 3/8L" x 1 5/16"W or 60 mm L x 33 mm W   Bronze

$19.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:10

Bronze Pear Shaped Slide Key

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key oval handle slidesCopy of a key that slid the latch bolt open on a lock box. This is an early style of key that had its counterpart in sliding padlock keys. Then the person removed the key to relock it. Locks and keys were made one at a time and were quite secure since there was no handy key duplicating machines.    2 1/8"L x 1 1/4"W or 55mm L x 31mm W   Bronze

$18.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:07

Long Oval Pierced Twist Key

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key long oval twistsCopy of a bronze key in the Swedish National Museum. This key was inserted in the lock and twisted. The design indicates it is from later in the Viking Age. 3"L x 1 1/8"W or 77mm L x 30mmW     Bronze

$25.00
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 07:01

Lever Action Key Plain - Bronze

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key lever bronze 4tinesCopy of a key from the Swedish National Museum showing tines the working end that  match a pattern inside the lock. The key rotates the lock to open it. Each lock and key was unique and duplicates were rare so the locks were quite secure. This is the largest bronze key I have found in the Swedish National Museum collection, larger keys appear to have been made of iron.   3 5/8"L x 1 18/"W or 90mm L x 30mm W    Bronze

$20.00
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