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Key Handle, Openwork, c. 1st-3rd Cent


Key Handle, Openwork, c. 1st-3rd Cent

Copper alloy; 64mm/12.1gm

Description/ Openwork style with ornate designs on all four sides, degraded enameling and missing key end.

Con/ as near cast, missing (iron?) key, sharp brown and glossy patina, cleaned and waxed.

Seller's note/ Certainly of Roman provincial make, perhaps from Siscia or Mursa. We're positive that this very lovely and interesting Roman artifact was the clasp of a key and either the Æ key part was either plow-broken away or the iron end simply disintegrated in the earth. A very scarce type and certainly collectable for key and lock collectors.