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Europe or North America, 18th century CE. A collection of fourteen iron skeleton keys of varying sizes. The skeleton key was introduced by the Romans and continued to be used until the mid-1800s. Many of these, with their large loops and hooks, reflect the greatest reason for that invention, which is that the keys were small enough to be carried in groups by individuals. The keeper of a household would often carry keys like these around in a ring on the belt. Size of largest: 6" L (15.2 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Historia Antiques, Santa Monica, Ca; James Caswell collection

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Smooth reddish patina on most.

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18th C. Iron Skeleton Keys - 24 Varying Sizes

Estimate $500 - $700Oct 27, 2016
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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