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AA Key for Hotel Hospitality Box K105
AA Key for Hotel Hospitality Box K105
Original, quality small steel 'AA' key issued pre 1st World War to fit 'AA Hospitality boxes installed at country hotels. These boxes contained towels and brushes etc for the use of members. These small keys with a fretted crossed 'AA' in the head are hard to find. This example is complete and in super condition. 2.25" x 0.75".  
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Price: 65.00


Steel Strongbox Key K99
Original, quality, early to mid 19th century, steel key for a strongbox with a good colour and detail and the original pull out dust stopper. Total 4" long x bow 1.5" wide.  
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Price: 85.00


Steel Strongbox Key K99



Strongbox Key   K94
Strongbox Key K94
Original, quality, 18th or early 19th century, blacksmith made, wrought iron key, with a Georgian bow grip, a complex ward and a hollow open ended stem. This example was originally for a strongbox or safe. Complete and in good order. 3.75" x 1.75" and 0.25". 
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Price: 65.00


Wrought Iron Safe Key K91
Original, quality, mid 19th century, wrought iron key for a safe or strongbox, with a hollow stem to take the pin in the lock and a 'Georgian bow' handgrip. Cleaned, polished and complete and in good order. 4.25" x 1.75". 
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Price: 56.00


Wrought Iron Safe Key K91



AA Nickel Yale Key   M12
AA Nickel Yale Key M12
Original quality nickel key made by Yale for the AA (Automobile Association) and issued to all members to open the roadside AA telephone boxes. This model was issued from 1947 to 1967. Complete and in good order. 2.5" x 1". 
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Price: 16.00


AA Members Key for Telephone Boxes M94
Original, quality nickel key to fit the 'AA' Telephone boxes and given to members only from 1919/ 1920. The AA boxes first appeared in 1911 but members only received keys from 1919. The keys used in 1920 were so dated and continued to be issued in this shape until 1921. This clean example has the fretted double "A" and "Property of the automobile association", "1920", to one side and "Shermays Ltd, Cheapside London EC2" to the other and "H and T.V." for the maker of the key, H and T Vaughan of Willdenhall. This example is the first we have seen of this model. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. 2.75" x 1.25".  
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Price: 85.00


AA Members Key for Telephone Boxes M94



Small Brass Padlock with Key PL39
Small Brass Padlock with Key PL39
Original, quality, small cast brass padlock, circa 1900, with a steel hasp, a swinging keyhole cover and a wrought iron key. This example has two stars and "Secure" stamped to the front and a flower motif on the keyhole cover. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. Ideal for dog collars or hat boxes. Padlock 1.75" x 1.5" and 0.25", key 1" long.  
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Price: 56.00


Brass Padlock and Key PL35
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast brass medium sized padlock with a swinging keyhole cover and the original steel key. Both the swinging cover and the main body are impressed twice "Patent" and the cover is also stamped "VR" beneath a crown, for the reign of Queen Victoria. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 2.75" x 2" x 0.75" front to back, key 1.5".  
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Price: 75.00


Brass Padlock and Key PL35



Brass Customs Padlock with Key PL34
Brass Customs Padlock with Key PL34
Original, quality, late 19th century, heavy cast brass padlock for Customs use. The main body is impressed for the manufacturer "Walsall Locks of Birmingham" and the front sealing cover is impressed "C and E" with a crown between and the sliding cover to the keyhole is stamped "C383". This padlock needs to be locked before the sealing cover can be closed over and likewise the padlock can be unlocked with the key, but the key needs to be removed to gain entry to behind the sealing cover. This padlock was manufactured for use by Customs officals to insert a recorded ticket behind the sealing cover. A most unusual padlock and the first we have seen. A replacement nickel key has been made to fit, all is now complete and in good and working order and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. 3.75" x 2 and 1" front to back. 
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Price: 235.00

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