A lovely decorated casket key dating from the 12th-15th century. The key is made of bronze and is of barrel-type with a shallow bit.
Late medieval caskets were essentially strong-boxes with elaborate locking mechanisms within their hollow lids. The caskets would often require several keys to open, these being worn on chains. Casket keys are a relatively scarce metal-detecting finds.
This example was discovered in North Norfolk, UK. The key is around 4cm in length.
MEDIEVAL CASKET KEY
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.