Tyne and Wear HER(929): South Shields, bronze key - Details
South Shields, bronze key
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Bronze key, with "circular-sectioned shank and complex ward for opening tumbler lock". Length 79 mm, width of ward 27 mm. There seems to be some doubt as to where it was found. "A label attached to this piece describes it as...'dug up at South Shields Roman Fortâ€¦" while the museum's accession records, which give an accession date of 6th February 1975, note that it was found at South Shields on the beach. Though published as Roman, Lindsay Allason-Jones thinks it is probably later, any date up to the 17th century.
<< HER 929 >> L. Allason-Jones & R. Miket, 1984, The Catalogue of Small Finds from South Shields Roman Fort, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Monograph, No.3.353