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    Posted 5 years ago

    Cooper17
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    Please could someone help identify this pocket watch key? It has the number 4 on one side, and what looks like a six-leafed flower on the other side. it is for a family heirloom pocket watch which I am unable to identify, so thought I would start with the key!

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    1. UncleRon UncleRon, 5 years ago
      There's nothing special about the key; it just happens to be the size that fits that watch. They could be bought individually in many sizes and made of anything from plain steel to extremely elaborate designs made in gold. Last year I sold one, made of 9kt gold, that looked like a 45mm long flintlock pistol. The square socket was the muzzle of the pistol. A jeweler, who needed to have available all the different sizes in order to work on watches and to identify the proper size in order to replace a lost key, would have a set of numbered keys like yours. To (possibly) identify the watch open the back and provide a clear, well-lit picture of the works (and skip the fancy colors).
    2. Cooper17, 5 years ago
      One mystery solved then!
      Thanks Uncle Ron.

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