Ancient Roman Iron Key

£ 35.00

A substantial ancient Roman iron key featuring an L-shaped bit and three pronged key ends. The shaft is rounded at the top with a large hole for suspension. This is a substantial example of an iron key.

Date: Circa 1st - 7th century AD
Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustation to the surface. Some flaking of surface. Key prongs missing.


SKU: AH-932 Category:

Keys and lock bolts account for the most common items of Roman security hardware to survive today. Keys were used mainly for doors, chests, boxes, caskets, cupboards, and padlocks, although they sometimes served for ceremonial or decorative purposes, such as matron keys, jewellery items and votive offerings.

Weight 46.5 g
Dimensions L 9.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see The British Museum, item 1870,0402.454 and item 1854,0814.13

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