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

SKU: 1856-9
£35.00 Regular Price
£26.25Sale Price
  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.

     

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