Intricate and Rare Roman Key

GBP 1,025.00

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Object Description

A very fine Roman key crafted from bronze. Formed of a loop with added prongs and main shaft, with the blade section perpendicular to the head of the key. The notch, with which to open the lock, is highly sophisticated, comprising of several sturdy pins arranged in a linear and circular pattern. This suggests the key locked away something highly valuable, and the circular loop on the head would have allowed the bearer to keep it close on a chain. While there are many examples of Roman keys, very few are this intricate and well preserved.

Object Condition

Extremely fine, a very well preserved example.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:4 centimeters
  • year
    Circa 1st to 3rd century AD.

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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