Key, 14th–15th century
Early keys are heavy, thick, and ornately turned. In the medieval age the blacksmith was also a locksmith and made all objects of steel ranging from weapons and farming tools to keys. Iron manufacture in the Middle Ages was comprised of three basic practices: mining, extracting the ore, smelting in which the ore was melted down in order to separate the metallic components from impurities, and smithing, which involved heating the iron and shaping it with a hammer and other tools.
This object was
Charles W. Gould.
It is credited
Gift of Charles W. Gould.
Its dimensions are
L x W: 6.7 × 4.1 cm (2 5/8 × 1 5/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Key, 14th–15th century; cast bronze; L x W: 6.7 × 4.1 cm (2 5/8 × 1 5/8 in.); Gift of Charles W. Gould; 1910-10-6
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.