Metal skeleton key; c. 1900; QS2015.1

From

Sydney Quarantine Station Moveable Heritage Collection

Name/Title

Metal skeleton key

About 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. 1900

Medium and Materials

Metal

Measurements

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

Key

Subject and Association Keywords

Lock

Subject and Association Keywords

Quarantine Station

Subject and Association Description

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 Station

Object Type

Key

Object number

QS2015.1

Copyright Licence  

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Bow
Key
Lock
Locked
Metal
Quarantine Station
Tooth

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