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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Life In The Middle Ages

Casket key

Period:
Late Medieval
Description:

The hand-cut clefts suggest that the locksmith probably made a series of different keys fromthe same mould.  This key was found by a metal detector user at a deserted settlement site.

 

Casket key cast in one piece.  The stem has an oval profile and a projecting tip.  The wards consist of simple rectangles.  The clefts have been cut by hand and file marks still remain on parts of the key.

Materials/Media:
copper alloy
Dimensions:
length 74mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2003.36
Digital Number:
SRAC012n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council