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Keyhole Plate Latch, 18th century

This is a Keyhole Plate Latch. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1909. Its medium is wrought and gilded iron. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Keyhole latches were primarily found on interior doors, closets and doors to stairs. Most latches would have been painted to match room colors.

It is credited Museum purchase from Interest Account Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 9.5 × 18.4 × 5.1 cm (3 3/4 in. × 7 1/4 in. × 2 in.)

Cite this object as

Keyhole Plate Latch, 18th century; wrought and gilded iron; H x W x D: 9.5 × 18.4 × 5.1 cm (3 3/4 in. × 7 1/4 in. × 2 in.); Museum purchase from Interest Account Fund; 1909-14-6-a

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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