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Key

Key

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1613-1665 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bastzin, Michael (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, engraved

  • Museum number:

    M.5-1964

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case 7

This key was a pass key enabling access to one of the royal parks or palaces. The inscription probably refers to Thomas 5th Lord Wentworth (1613-1665), a gentleman of the Bedchamber to Charles II.

Physical description

Key of steel with the inscription 'LORD WENTWORTH' engraved.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1613-1665 (made)

Artist/maker

Bastzin, Michael (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Steel, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

LORD WENTWORTH
Probably refers to Thomas 5th Lord Wentworth (1613-1665), a gentleman of the Bedchamber to Charles II

Object history note

The inscription LORD WENTWORTH refers to Thomas, Fifth Lord Wentworth (1613-65), a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King Charles II. The key was designed to open the gates in one of the Royal parks or palaces.

Descriptive line

Pass key, steel, engraved, possibly by Michael Bastzin, England, ca. 1613-1665

Labels and date

17. PASS KEY, steel, engraved, England; c. 1613-65
Possibly by Michael Bastzin, locksmith to King Charles II (1660-85)

The inscription LORD WENTWORTH refers to Thomas, Fifth Lord Wentworth (1613-65), a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King Charles II. The key was designed to open the gates in one of the Royal parks or palaces.

Museum No. M.5-1964 [07/1994]

Materials

Steel

Techniques

Forging; Engraving

Categories

Household objects; Metalwork; Tools & Equipment; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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