Keys & Locks

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KEY (LOCKING)
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-F62104
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 Chronology
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
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) 
 Description

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
 Site
Saxon Shore Club Dig - Pasture

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KEY (LOCKING)
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-90E136
Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
 Chronology
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1450
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 37.88 mm
Width: 16.32 mm
Thickness: 3.14 mm
Weight: 2.85 g
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
Secondary identifier: Mr Jo Ahmet
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Sevenoaks (District) 
Parish or ward: Fawkham (Civil Parish) 
 Description

A copper-alloy casket key with an open trefoil-shaped bow, probably of Medieval (c.AD 1150 - 1500 AD) date. Description: The key has a oval in cross-section stem, projecting from bottom of a triolbate bow. Between the bow and the stem is a circumferential collar forming the shoulders. The bow measures 16.32 x 16.32mm and has a small square notch at its base, between the lower two lobes. The bit is rectangular with an inner facing cleft and a lower cleft creating a minor measuring 4.91 x 4.09 x 1.81mm. The stem is hollow and drilled. It is patinated a light green colour..

Discussion: Although the bow is not easily paralleled beyond WILT-B91DF1 and LANCUM-BA8257. However the general size, form of the stem, shoulder collar and the fact the bow is flat fits a group of keys classified as Goodall (1990) type 9, although the trilobate group is not represented in them. It does however cover simply warded rectangular bits as on this example and WILT-B91DF1 and more complicated curled bits as on LANCUM-BA8257. Dating from examples at Salisbury (Schuster et al. 2012, 166) and London (Egan 1998, 112) seem to point to a date from the mid/late 12th century to 14th century, with the type petering out some point in the 15th century in copper-alloy and then resurfacing in the 16th century in Iron, with iron examples rare until that point..

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Friday 11th January 2019
 Site
Pasture 2b

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

 MHF Club Dig

68.89g . 13/11/2016 Arable - Ploughed

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Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 19-20th Century 43 x 31 x 6mm Padlock Front Copper Alloy Kent
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16.45g . 15/03/2017 Pasture 5