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Folding Steel Carriage Door Key K152
Folding Steel Carriage Door Key K152
Original, quality late 19th century folding wrought iron carriage door key. Used to open carriage door locks, which for safety reasons did not have exterior handles. This fine example unpolished was probably from a horse driven carriage but similar keys were used on the railways. Cleaned and waxed and in complete and in good order. Closed 3" x 0.75" x 0.5" and open 3" x 3" x 0.5".  
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Price: 45.00


Wrought Iron Door Key K146
Original, quality circa 1900 / 1920's unusual wrought iron door key. The first we have seen of this style. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order. 4.5" x 1.25". 
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Price: 36.00


Wrought Iron Door Key K146



Wrought Iron Door Key K129
Wrought Iron Door Key K129
Original, quality circa 1900 / 1920's unusual wrought iron door key. The first we have seen of this style. Stamped "A.5" To the grip. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order. 6.25" x 1.5". 
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Price: 56.00


Wrought Iron Door Key K128
Original, quality circa 1900 / 1920's unusual wrought iron door key. The first we have seen of this style. Cleaned and waxed and complete and in good and working order. 6" x 1.5".  
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Price: 56.00


Wrought Iron Door Key K128



Wrought Iron Door Lock Key K121
Wrought Iron Door Lock Key K121
Original, quality late 19th century wrought iron door lock key with an interesting shaped cut out and a flat ring grip impressed '11' to one side. Complete and in good order. 4" long and ring 1.5". 
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Price: 45.00


Key with Shaped Grip K115
Original, quality late 19th century very unusual blacksmith made door key with a longer shaft than standard, good sharp detail to the turnings and a super cut out and shaped grip. Shows little sign of use if any. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 6.75" long and grip 1.75" tall. 
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Price: 156.00


Key with Shaped Grip K115



Wrought Iron Key with Ring Grip K114
Wrought Iron Key with Ring Grip K114
Original, quality late 19th century wrought iron door key with an unusual ring mount instead of the standard stem and bow grip. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. Total length 5" including ring 2" diam and 1.25" x 0.25". 
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Price: 115.00


Wrought Iron Key K113
Original, quality early to mid 19th century wrought iron key with an unusual large diameter barrel and a 'Georgian' bow grip. Possibly from a door lock but more likely from a large padlock or strongbox. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 4.5" long, 1.75" wide bow and 2" widest x 0.5".  
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Price: 95.00


Wrought Iron Key K113



Wrought Iron Night Latch Keys, 5 available K112
Wrought Iron Night Latch Keys, 5 available K112
Original, quality mid to late 19th century wrought iron night latch key often referred to as "French Night Latch Keys", although these were manufactured in the UK as well as in France for use generally. This key would operate a variation of the thumb or Suffolk latch, acting as the thumb control. One picture here is of the key hole still fitted to a door in the High St. here in Hungerford. If ordering online please state which key is required from the left in the picture a.b.c.d. or e. All have been cleaned and lacquered and are in good order. Price is for each. 2.5" tall x 1" wide. Price is for each. 
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Price: 45.00


Wrought Iron Coffer Key K111
Original, quality late 19th century wrought iron key probably from a chest or coffer lock. This unusual example has a short shaft, a 'Georgian' bow grip engraved '2' to the top and a simple but unusual lever end. Probably continental. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 2.5 long and 1.25" width of bow. 
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Price: 36.00


Wrought Iron Coffer Key K111



Wrought Iron Strongbox Key K110
Wrought Iron Strongbox Key K110
Original, quality mid to late 19th century blacksmith made wrought iron key for a strongbox. This example of an unusual pattern has a hollow shaft to fit over a guide pin and a "Georgian bow" grip. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 4.25 long and bow 1.5" wide. 
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Price: 56.00


Royal Air Force Door Key K109
Original, quality 1930's / 40's steel door key with a solid end to the grip with a hole for a ring, stamped 'R.A.F' for the Royal Air Force and with the war dept. Arrow Mark. The reverse is stamped '2'. Most unusual, cleaned and waxed and complete and in good order. 4" x 1". 
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Price: 45.00


Royal Air Force Door Key K109



Coffer Key K108
Coffer Key K108
Original, quality mid to late 19th century continental key, probably from a coffer or chest. A good shaped key with a good old repair. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 3.25" x 1.75". 
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Price: 45.00


AA Key for Hotel Hospitality Box K105
Original, quality small steel 'AA' key issued pre 1st World War to fit 'AA Hospitality boxes installed at country hotels. These boxes contained towels and brushes etc for the use of members. These small keys with a fretted crossed 'AA' in the head are hard to find. This example is complete and in super condition. 2.25" x 0.75".  
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Price: 65.00


AA Key for Hotel Hospitality Box K105



Wrought Iron Safe Key K91
Wrought Iron Safe Key K91
Original, quality, mid 19th century, wrought iron key for a safe or strongbox, with a hollow stem to take the pin in the lock and a 'Georgian bow' handgrip. Cleaned, polished and complete and in good order. 4.25" x 1.75". 
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Price: 56.00


AA Members Key for Telephone Boxes M94
Original, quality nickel key to fit the 'AA' Telephone boxes and given to members only from 1919/ 1920. The AA boxes first appeared in 1911 but members only received keys from 1919. The keys used in 1920 were so dated and continued to be issued in this shape until 1921. This clean example has the fretted double "A" and "Property of the automobile association", "1920", to one side and "Shermays Ltd, Cheapside London EC2" to the other and "H and T.V." for the maker of the key, H and T Vaughan of Willdenhall. This example is the first we have seen of this model. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 2.75" x 1.25".  
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Price: 85.00


AA Members Key for Telephone Boxes M94

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