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Workshop of Blickford family, key, 1700. Steel, pierced, chiselled and engraved.
In the 17th century most locks were made of brass or wrought iron. The keys that operated these locks were often richly decorated and skillfully made. English locksmiths were particularly skilled at this type of work in the latter part of the 17th century.
This key is pierced with the monogram of William III beneath a royal crown. A key of this quality would have been made either for the Kings’ private apartments or to give access to the gates of royal parks. Source V&A