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Roman 'Ring-Bow' Key 024505

Roman 'Ring-Bow' Key
Copper-alloy, 30.70 grams, 62.93 mm. 2nd-3rd century AD. A cast key with flat-section body and elliptical-section annular bow above. The shank extends to a thickened finial supporting the lateral ward with bits cut into the upper face. The shank and ward are decorated with incised angled lines. Reference: Pall, M. Sclüssel und Schlösser, Graz, 2012 inventory numbers 4047, 5978. Fine condition, crack to loop. Provenance: from an old English collection; acquired in the 1980s.
£75.00

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Roman 'Ring-Bow' Key 024505
Roman 'Tumbler Lock' Ring 024503

Roman 'Tumbler Lock' Key Ring
Copper-alloy, 18.74 grams, 37.0 mm. 1st-2nd century AD. A cast ring with stub bezel and rectangular block with bits cut into the forward face. Reference: Murawski, P. Benet's Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom, Ely, 2003 item R17-0108. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection; acquired in the 1990s.
£60.00

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Roman 'Tumbler Lock' Ring 024503
Roman 'Parallel-Sided' Key 011599

Roman 'Parallel-Sided' Key
Copper-alloy, 16.28 grams, 47.78 mm. 1st-2nd century AD. A cast flat-section key with large hole to the upper end and suspension ring. The shank is square-section with chamfered edges, the ward cut to six bits. Reference: Murawski, P. Benet's Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom, Ely, 2003 item R17-0206. Fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection; acquired in the 1990s.
£50.00

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Roman 'Parallel-Sided' Key 011599
Roman 'Looped Shank' Key 024489

Roman 'Looped Shank' Key
Copper-alloy and iron, 205 grams, 89.50 mm. Circa 2nd-3rd century AD. A very large cast key with iron shank and cast copper-alloy handle. The shank is right-angled, with toothing to the forward edge. The handle is a single solid square-section casting with a large loop above. Reference: cf large Roman key in Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, vol.1, Langport, 2001 item 521. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, UK.
£195.00

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Roman 'Looped Shank' Key 024489


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