Key Ring, Iron, circa 1st-3rd Cent AD
Iron; 40mm/11.9gm - Ring size 11
Con/ Corroded, otherwise, as cast; eye-pleasing brown patina; treated to inhibit any further rusting. Wearable.
Seller's Note/ A truly wonderful example of a key-ring that was used to keep things secret and safe by well-to-do ancient Romans and this one was certainly used for a medium sized box or cabinet..perhaps even a door lock.
As you all know, nearly all so-called 'key rings' were worn on a chain or strap about the neck, and not as a true ring. Who used this ring? As it is iron, mostly likely a slave. It's all conjecture and we'll never know.
Either way, our iron example is quite rare and perfect for discerning collectors.