Medieval Locks & Keys for sale

The development of locks with keys during the 13th and 15th centuries of the medieval period was a result of the need for greater security. This constant battle between medieval thieves and making secure locks and keys, in some cases resulted in up to ten locks being fitted on a door. In the later medieval period the key hole was also concealed beneath an ornamental escutcheon plate that was spring-loaded into position. The most popular Locks with Keys in the 13th and 14th centuries was the Medieval Casket Key, which was made from bronze or brass.

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Medieval 'Inscribed' Barrel Lock 028101

Medieval 'Inscribed' Barrel Lock
Bronze, 38 grams, 33 mm. 13th-14th century AD. A cast tumbler lock with two lateral loops (both fragmentary) and small loop finial; to one face, a punched line, to the other the inscribed text 'VISIVM VIVAS' ('... that thou mayst live') in regular Roman capitals; the central spigot still in place. Fine condition, parts lost in antiquity. Provenance: ex the late Alan Harrison collection, Lincolnshire, UK.
£120.00

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Medieval 'Inscribed' Barrel Lock 028101
Medieval 'Transverse Ward' Door Key 011508

Medieval 'Transverse Ward' Door Key
Iron, 10.01 grams, 55.51 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A cast key with pipe shank and transverse ward. The bow is annular and thin, attached to the shank at the junction of the collar. The ward is attached to the underside of the shank, with the bitted edges projecting on either side. Reference: cf. key with laterally projecting bits in Pall, M. Schlüssel und Schlösser, Graz, 2012 item 7272. (p.33). Fine condition. Provenance: found Maldon, Essex, UK.
£75.00

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Medieval 'Transverse Ward' Door Key 011508
Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Door Key 011494

Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Door Key
Iron, 34.19 grams, 78.69 mm. 16th century AD. A cast key with pipe shank. The bow is elliptical and the shank features an octagonal collar below the bow. The single rectangular ward is supplied with angled and perpendicular bits. Reference: Monk, E. Keys. Their History and Collection, Princes Risborough, 1987 p.26. Fine condition. Provenance: found Maldon, Essex, UK.
£90.00

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Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Door Key 011494
Medieval 'Annular Bow' Door Key 011495

Medieval 'Annular Bow' Door Key
Iron, 45 grams, 89.90 mm. 16th century AD. A substantial key with pipe shank. The bow is annular with coiled ends attached to the shank by a raised collar. The shank is hollow with ward to the underside, bits to two faces. Reference: Monk, E. Keys. Their History and Collection, Princes Risborough, 1987 p.26. Fair condition, some loss to shank. Provenance: found Maldon, Essex, UK.
£75.00

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Medieval 'Annular Bow' Door Key 011495
Medieval 'Trefoil Head' Door Key 025808

Medieval 'Trefoil Head' Door Key
Copper-alloy, 57.31 grams, 98.95 mm. 14th century AD. A large cast barrel key with broad D-shaped bow, waisted hollow shank and two wards with bits to the leading edge. The bow is in openwork with three peltoid voids and interstitial bars with trefoil heads. Reference: cf. solid-shank key in Wheeler, M. London Museum Medieval Catalogue, plate XXIX item 14. Very fine condition. Provenance: found near Dressingham, Norfolk, UK.
£275.00

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Medieval 'Trefoil Head' Door Key 025808
Medieval 'Church or Manor House' Door Key 010799

Large Medieval 'Church or Manor House' Door Key
Copper-alloy, 38.12 grams, 84.87 mm. Circa 15th century AD. A heavy cast lock key with round bow and shouldered shaft. The hollow end deliberately flattened. Reference: London Museum Catalogue 1940, plates XXIX and XXX. Provenace: found Hampshire. A good example with slight damage to the wards.
£110.00

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Medieval 'Church or Manor House' Door Key 010799
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 005534

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.18 grams, 34.67 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, triangular shoulder, flat-section shank with recess to the forward edge, single T-shaped ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 552. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 005534
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 014086

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.80 grams, 35.41 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, elliptical-section shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to the edges. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 552. Very fine condition, loop snowing much wear. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
£25.00

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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 014086
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 010037

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.09 grams, 34.61 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, elliptical-section shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to the edges. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 546. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 010037
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 008920

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 3.93 grams, 34.24 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, angled shoulder, round-section shank with recess to the forward edge, single waisted ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 552. Fine condition. Provenance: found Hampshire, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 008920
Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 027813

Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 9.60 grams, 48.53 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A large cast casket key with broad discoid bow and square finial, round-section shank with long pivot to the forward edge, single S-shaped ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 561. Fine condition. Provenance: found Buckinghamshire, UK.
£55.00

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Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 027813
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 006710

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.73 grams, 34.62 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with round bow, elliptical-section shank with depression to the forward edge, single ward with bits to the forward edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 547. Fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 006710
Medieval 'Coiled' Casket Key 014093

Medieval 'Coiled' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 6.07 grams, 40.98 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A casket key with discoid bow, bulbous shoulder, round-section shank formed as a single sheet coiled round a former, rectangular ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 559. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
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Medieval 'Coiled' Casket Key 014093
Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key 019002

Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 1.84 grams, 34.07 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with lozengiform bow, shoulder, flat-section shank with pivot to the forward edge, single rectangular ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 557. Fine condition. Provenance: found Dorset, UK.
£25.00

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Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key 019002
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014090

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 3.41 grams, 33.50 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, angled shoulder, round-section shank with depression to the forward edge, single T-shaped ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 553. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.

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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014090
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014092

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.27 grams, 36.75 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, bulbous shoulder, round-section shank with pivot to the forward edge, single T-shaped ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 557. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014092
Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key 011164

Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.390 grams, 36.41 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with elliptical bow, round-section shank with two collars, single ward with bits to edges. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 539. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
£35.00

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Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key 011164
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 018229

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.83 grams, 34.21 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, elliptical-section shank with depression to the forward edge, single ward with bits to the forward edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 547. Fine condition. Provenance: found Essex, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 018229
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 008153

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.10 grams, 38.35 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, round-section shank with depression to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 548. Fine condition. Provenance: found Yorkshire, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 008153
Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 005528

Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 2.02 grams, 36.45 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with narrow discoid bow, round-section shank with long pivot to the forward edge, single ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 558. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 005528
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 011165

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.46 grams, 35.95 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, round-section shank with depression to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 547. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 011165
Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 011163

Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.82 grams, 43.50 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, flat shoulder, round-section shank with long pivot to the forward edge, single ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 558. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 011163
Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 012302

Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 4.56 grams, 40.85 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, round-section shank with pivot to the forward edge, single T-shaped ward. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 557. Fine condition. Provenance: found Essex, UK.
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Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 012302
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 008293

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 6.52 grams, 36.95 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 545. Fine condition. Provenance: found Lancashire, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 008293
Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key 011159

Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 2.78 grams, 33.03 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with lozengiform bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bit to the edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 557. Fine condition, wear to the loop. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.

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Medieval 'Lozenge Bow' Casket Key 011159
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014087

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.10 grams, 35.36 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with round bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to the edges. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 552. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
£20.00

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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 014087
Medieval 'Eccentric Bow' Casket Key 005535

Medieval 'Eccentric Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.54 grams, 33.66 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow pierced eccentrically, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 549. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Eccentric Bow' Casket Key 005535
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 014088

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.63 grams, 35.97 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 550. Fine condition. Provenance: found Kent, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 014088
Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 005541

Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.51 grams, 34.27 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with round bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bit to the edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 552. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Shouldered Bow' Casket Key 005541
Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key 011162

Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 2.63 grams, 29.67 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with elliptical bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with two bits to the edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 555. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Elliptical Bow' Casket Key 011162
Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 014816

Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.71 grams, 42.74 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, elliptical-section shank with pivoting pin to the forward edge, single ward with bits. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 536. Fine condition. Provenance: found Essex, UK.
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Medieval 'Pivot' Casket Key 014816
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 005536

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.15 grams, 33.66 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 550. Fine condition, shank bent. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 005536
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 018054

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.20 grams, 35.38 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 550. Fine condition. Provenance: found South Yorkshire, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 018054
Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 005545

Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.54 grams, 33.66 mm. 12th-14th century AD. A cast casket key with discoid bow, pipe shank with hole to the forward edge, single ward with bits to each edge. Reference: Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, Langport, 2001 item 550. Fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
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Medieval 'Round Bow' Casket Key 005545
Medieval 'Looped Bow' Casket Key 011523

Medieval 'Looped Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 3.18 grams, 33.58 mm. 12th-15th century AD. A small cast key with with cylindrical shank, plain square ward, collar to the upper shank and bow with loop detailing. Reference: Wheeler, M. London Museum Medieval Catalogue, Ipswich, 1993 p.144. Fine condition. Provenance: found near Maldon, Essex, UK.
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Medieval 'Looped Bow' Casket Key 011523
Medieval 'Toothed Ward' Casket Key 011604

Medieval 'Toothed Ward' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 15.36 grams, 44.45 mm. 13th century AD. A small solid cast key of Type III with large socket to the forward edge to engage with a projecting pin within the lock. The bow is formed with a flat panel to the rear edge; it is hexagonal in plan with lateral lugs. There is a shallow collar to the shank. The ward is formed with three bits to the lower edge, slot to the chamfered forward edge. Reference: Wheeler, M. London Museum Medieval Catalogue, Ipswich, 1993 p.136-7. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old Suffolk, UK, collection; acquired in the 1980s.
£65.00

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Medieval 'Toothed Ward' Casket Key 011604
Medieval 'Disc Bow' Casket Key 011553

Rare Medieval 'Disc Bow' Casket Key
Copper-alloy, 5.18 grams, 40.97 mm. 14th-15th century AD. A small Type VI casket key with discoid bow. The cylindrical shank with locating hole to the forward end, single rectangular ward. The bow solid with an incuse rosette to each face, pierced lug to the rear. Reference: Wheeler, M. London Museum Medieval Catalogue, Ipswich, 1993 p.140. Fine condition. Provenance: found near Maldon, Essex, UK.

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Medieval 'Disc Bow' Casket Key 011553


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