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Roman Ring Key, Ornate, circa 1st-2nd Cent AD

Copper alloy; 29mm/4.4gm

Con/ as cast; remarkable and eye-pleasing green patina; cleaned and waxed.

A truly wonderful example of a ring key that was used to keep things secret and safe by well-to-do ancient Romans. The lock maker who created this spectacular key was a master smith and it is certainly one of the finest of this type that NRC has ever presented.

Such ring keys were worn on a chain or strap about the neck, but if you are so inclined, it's a ring size 5 3/4