Age of a Key??

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Snuck out for a couple of hours this afternoon given it was far too nice to sit In the house.

Apart from the usual selection of predecimals and an assortment of buttons, the key below was the only find of note..I don’t think it’s particularly old but I do like the decoration on the handle...

Anybody care to hazard a guess of its age? I am thinking 1850’s to maybe as late as the 1930’s??
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Well that’s an interesting one. My initial thoughts were that it’s post medieval but I’m basing that on just how it looks. There are only two dolphin keys on finds - one is Roman and one is modern. Not sure that helps :?
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Thanks Cath,

In the hand, I would say it lacks the "crudeness" to be anything too old...On the main body of the key where the missing "ward" would have been, it is hollow, but it's very regular and precise, as if machine made..

That said, I could be completely wrong hence me asking here! Lol

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After a few minutes on Google, I came across this which looks an exact match:

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -410553098

It seems it is key from an Edison Phonograph! The mind boogles what that was doing in a somewhat out of the way field in North Wales...
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Pete E wrote: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:31 pm After a few minutes on Google, I came across this which looks an exact match:

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -410553098

It seems it is key from an Edison Phonograph! The mind boogles what that was doing in a somewhat out of the way field in North Wales...
Looks like a great match, mystery solved :thumbsup:
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Pete E wrote: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:31 pm After a few minutes on Google, I came across this which looks an exact match:

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... -410553098

It seems it is key from an Edison Phonograph! The mind boogles what that was doing in a somewhat out of the way field in North Wales...
Well done Peter, I tried and failed to find anything similar. Have you managed to get a date range for the key?
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:56 pm Well done Peter, I tried and failed to find anything similar. Have you managed to get a date range for the key?
It's seems that style of key was used on a few of the higher end Edison phonographs..These were early record players as opposed to the even earlier cylinder machines.

I am not sure of the exact date but at the moment I think 1920's give or take a decade or two...
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Sure i`ve seen Tv programmes where, people have taken gramophones on picnics to fields.
Interesting find and ID.
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