Selection of Ancient Roman Bronze Key Rings


A selection of ancient Roman bronze key rings. Each featuring a round loop and a bezel in the form of a key. Each ring is unique. INDIVIDUALLY PRICED.

Date: Circa 1st-4th Century AD
Condition: Good condition. Green patination and earthy encrustation covering the surface.
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Small and elegant key rings such as these were a Roman innovation. The rings were generally made of bronze or iron, although examples in gold and silver also exist, and each had a uniquely shaped ward suggesting that the keys were both decorative and functional. Roman clothing such as the toga did not generally have pockets and keeping keys closer to the person gave additional security. The key rings were thought to have opened small containers enclosing personal possessions such as jewellery boxes, rather than larger doors or cupboards. Hence rings are also believed to have symbolised marriage or betrothal, and were worn by Roman brides to signify their role in household management. Keys might also have had an amuletic role due to their function in security and protection. Key-rings were in use across the Empire. Roman British sites including London and Colchester have frequently turned up such key rings.

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Reference: For a similar item, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, item 550-1871

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