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iron and brass
H x W x D (closed lock): 4 × 3 × 2 1/4 in. (10.2 × 7.6 × 5.7 cm)
H x W x D (iron key): 2 7/8 × 1 5/16 × 1/4 in. (7.3 × 3.3 × 0.6 cm)
H x W x D (brass key): 2 1/2 × 1 × 3/8 in. (6.4 × 2.5 × 1 cm)
Diameter (iron tag): 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Diameter (key ring): 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
keys (hardware)
Place used:
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
late 19th-early 20th century
A two piece iron padlock with a set of two different keys and a tag. The lock consists of two separate cast iron pieces, the body (a) and the shackle (b). There is a raised five-pointed star around the keyhole. The body contains a cylinder which moves to engage the lock and shackle. The shackle is a “U” shaped cylinder with notches that engage with the cylinder. There is a small rectangular key hole in the oval shaped bottom that has a raised five-pointed star around it. There is a ridge around the circumference of the oval.
The padlock is accompanied by two different keys on a metal key ring (c). There is a cast iron key that has a flat blade with a square or notch like serrations on both sides, and an oval bow with large holes side by side. This key opens the lock. There is also a cast brass skeleton key that has a cylindrical shaft with a rectangular blade at the end with rectangular notches or serrations. The bow is an oval with a double concave hexagonal center slot flanked by two ovals. The third item attached to the ring is a circular flat iron tag.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
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Public domain
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