Metal skeleton key; c. 1900; QS2015.1
Metal skeleton keyAbout this object
Metal skeleton key with a set of six raised and incised collars along its rounded stem and an oval shaped bow. There are two key wards on either side of the tooth, which is rectangular in shape.Date Made
c. 1900Medium and Materials
The key measures 67 mm long, 27 mm high (measurement taken from top of bow to base of tooth) and 7 mm wide (width of stem).Subject and Association Keywords
Keys serve as a token of security and access to locked areas. They provide a method of control as only persons having the correct key can open a lock and gain access. The earliest known lock and key device was discovered in the ruins of Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria. With the onset of the industrial revolution in England during the late 18th century and the development of precision engineering and component standardisation, locks and keys, such as this one, were manufactured with increasing complexity and sophistication.Collection
Sydney Quarantine StationObject Type
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