English forged iron key

English forged iron key

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Offered by Kollenburg Antiquairs BV




In the 17th century most locks were manufactured from brass or wrought iron. The matching keys were often elaborately decorated and showed great craftsmanship. The bit was meticulously cut out and the shaft was decorated, often with baluster shaped and open work ornamentation. The decoration of the bow often related to the owner.
The bow of this key consists of two facing birds with spread wings.

This key stems from a typical group of keys made by the end of the 17th century. Probably this key is made by the Bickford family, locksmiths to the court of William III.

Provenance:
Collection Bergues, France
Private collection France

literature:
Raymond Lecocq, Serrurerie ancienne, Techniques et oeuvres, Paris, 1973, p. 240

Period
ca. 1690
Material
Reference
100-399
Sizes
12 x 3.5 cm

Offered by

Kollenburg Antiquairs BV

Postbus 171
5688 ZK Oirschot
The Netherlands

+31 499578037
+31 655822218
http://www.kollenburgantiquairs.com/

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