Lock Mechanism & Parts

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Roman bronze lock fragments and key












Date Acquired  2006
Location Discovered Balkans
Material  Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 10cm long x 9.0cm wide
Roman Empire 1st to 3rd Century AD

Various pieces of a Roman Lock Mechanism, including the front and rear plate covers as well as the internal shell.  Also included in the set is a lock bolt specifically made for an individual key(as the holes indicate). 

A bronze key is also part of the set and still has remnants of the earths encrustations on it.  There are two rows of criss-crossed lines near the key ring and near the end piece to add decoration to it. 

The lock plates have a raised circle that surrounds the geometric key hole and smaller holes where the rivets would held all pieces together(one rivet still remains). 

No further information is known about the functioning of a Roman Lock, however these were all components of such a lock.  Any information or references to this type of artifact would be appreciated.




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(1) Reference to similar items: http://romanlocks.com/Chestlocks.htm

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.