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    Posted 12 months ago

    sschuman
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    This appears to some type of specialized key or tool made of brass. It has a threaded insert that can be unscrewed from the tip. I don't know what it's for!

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 12 months ago
      Can't say I've ever actually seen one just like this, but it strikes me as an old "hotel room keyhole blocker". Back in the day when 'skeleton keys/locks' were the only available security, devices (maybe?) like this could be inserted and wedged into the keyhole (once the occupant was on whichever proper side of the door) then their 'handles' removed leaving part of the device within the lock itself -- thereby preventing any other key from being able to open the door, until the occupant woke (or returned) and reassembled it.

      ??? :-) :-) :-)
    2. sschuman, 12 months ago
      Interesting idea! Makes sense. However, removing the threaded stalk is tedious and time consuming so, it might have been used in this way for a lock that wouldn't be opened and closed so often as a hotel room (unless the hotel room was locked up for a long period of time).
    3. Karl-Fodor, 10 months ago
      Yes I have seen such a locking key similar to him. Try !

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