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MEDIEVAL KEY (LOCKING)

A cast, copper alloy casket key, London Museum Catalogue type 5, dating from AD1200-1400. The bow is broken, but was probably sub-circular with a small, internal projection where the bow meets the shaft. Between the bow and the circular shaft is a rectangular collar. Both collar and shaft are solid. The shaft tapered to a point, but this has broken away and is missing. The bit depends from the cen…