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French wrought iron key

French wrought iron key

In the 17th century most locks were made from brass or wrought iron. The matching keys were often elaborately decorated and showed great craftsmanship.
The bit of this key is meticulously cut out in shapes of fleur-de-lys. The transversal shape of the shaft also has this shape. The bow consists of two facing dolphins.

Collection Bergues, France
Private collection France

Raymond Lecocq, Serrurerie ancienne, Techniques et oeuvres, Paris, 1973, p. 138 Planche LLXXIII

French wrought iron key
Price on request
ca. 1680
wrought iron
16 x 5 cm

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