Need help identifying a skeleton key

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by VickyRenee, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Resizer_15614965023360.jpg I can't find a thing on this one and I'm really intrigued by it.
    I think (not sure) that it's made of cast iron. It's about 5 1/2" long.
    Please, any help would be appreciated!
     
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  2. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Looks modern and decorative to me.
     
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  3. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    What's considered modern?
     
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  4. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Probably within the last 20 years. It's not meant to be functional...just for decoration.
     
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  5. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Really? Wow it looks and feels old!
     
  6. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    That was my impression too. More decorative.

    Can you get a picture of the seams here
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  7. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

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  8. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I would think that if this was an actual key that was used in a lock, the seam lines would not be showing and the areas where the arrows are would be smooth from wear.
    Instead, it has been slightly polished along the shaft. However, the area that should have shown the most wear still shows the casting and mold lines.
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  9. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    It is a nice decorative piece, just not as old as you would like it to be.
     
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  10. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

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  11. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Resizer_15615192181590.jpg Thank you!
    It did come with a bunch of other keys (most here). I'm trying to find brands on them and a lot don't have anything on it.
     
  12. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Good thinking.
     
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  13. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    So now I'm thinking a lot here might be decorative as well
     
  14. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Wait and see if Bev's locksmith hubby can give you some clarification.
     
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  15. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Has anyone ever heard of a key marked "Showa"?
     
  16. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Well, there are Japanese SHOWA locks...
     
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  17. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Thank you, that's another one I couldn't find anything on.
     
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  18. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    The smallest ones look like the type for lap desks & other small locking boxes.
     
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  19. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I think that your other keys look like old keys.
    Furniture, jewelry boxes, and so forth.

    The only one I question is the one you started this tread with.
     
  20. VickyRenee

    VickyRenee Active Member

    Thank you for that info.
    I've been buying collectibles for a lot of years and I go to a lot of estate sales.
    I found this dusty box of keys (it also had a few old padlocks with it) in one of those "dig your way through" sales LOL.
    But this is my first time ever acquiring keys and I know nothing!
    I did learn the small ones are barrell keys I believe (they have hole and partial hollow shaft).
     
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