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    Posted 4 years ago

    cd9963
    (1 item)

    I’m not sure of the origin of these 3 keys but any insight or info would be appreciated. They were part of an auction lot that I purchased which included a ton of old skeleton keys of different types. Clearly someone was collecting. Some of the keys I have been able to identify (very few) and some I can’t seem to find. This is three of the multitude I now have that I would like to know about. Thanks for your input it’s much appreciated!

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    1. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      The one with the large, flat flag is for a watchman's time station. As he makes his rounds he must insert a numbered key, chained to a specific location, into his clock at specific times. The number & time are stamped onto a paper tape in the clock proving that he actually walked around where he was supposed to. The other two are just old door keys.
    2. cd9963, 4 years ago
      Wow! That’s really interesting, UncleRon! Thank you so much! So is the “watchmans” key worth anything? And are there old key books I can reference myself? I’m new at this (in case you couldn’t already tell) ???? Thank you again!

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