Keys & Locks

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Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1600
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 31.69 mm
Width: 15.64 mm
Thickness: 3.79 mm
Weight: 3.57 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Thanet (District) 
Parish or ward: St. Nicholas At Wade (Civil Parish) 

A complete copper alloy Key (casket) of Post-Medieval date (AD 1500-1600). The object has an openwork, kidney shaped bow with two internal projection and triple collard ovate shank which projects beyond the bit. The bit is flat and rectangular. The key is in relatively good condition with a grey green patination.

A number of similar exmples are shown in Brian Read's Metal Artefacts of Antiquity 2001 as well as recorded on this database.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th May 2018
Saxon Shore Club Dig - Pasture

Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 19-20th Century 68mm x 69mm Padlock Front Copper Alloy Kent

 MHF Club Dig

68.89g . 13/11/2016 Arable - Ploughed

Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 19-20th Century 43 x 31 x 6mm Padlock Front Copper Alloy Kent


16.45g . 15/03/2017 Pasture 5

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