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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Keys and locks https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks.html Lock Hasp https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-hasp-3731.html Thu, 29 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Hasp  
Description: A small copper-alloy lock hasp from the locking mechanism on a Roman casket. Hinged at the top, with remaining evidence of an iron pin, for fixing to the chest-plate. Two perforated, decorative 'side lugs', single rectangular loop at the lower back for the bolt and up-turned lip on the front.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-25094.html Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period knob-shaped lock-plate fastener*. It is of circular cross-section, generally convex in profile, but slightly flanged at the base. The upper end has a circular boss at the centre, surrounded by a concentric recess. The base is flat and has the remains of an iron shank embedded within it.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock Bolt https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-bolt-29186.html Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Bolt  
Description: A copper-alloy sliding bolt from a tumbler lock of the Roman period. It has eight triangular apertures to receive the tumblers, which secured it in the locked position. To open the lock, a key with teeth corresponding to the apertures was used to disengage the tumblers and slide the bolt. The keyhole was slotted to allow the necessary movement. Slight damage at one end of the aperture panel.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Latch-lifter Key https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/latch-lifter-key-357.html Wed, 24 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Latch-lifter Key  
Description: Copper-alloy latch-lifter type key with L-shaped bit for use in a tumbler lock. The other end of the shaft has an old break but it thins and curves here suggesting that there was once a loop for suspension. There are two types of these keys known - the T-shape and the L-shape with the latter being the more common in Britain and more usually made of iron.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-54056.html Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:58:14 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period lock-plate fastener*. The larger end is concave with a circular boss rising from the centre of the concavity. The smaller end is flat with a circular recess and possibly the stump of a broken shaft at the centre. Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wooden chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-11688.html Mon, 04 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period bobbin-shaped lock-plate fastener*. The larger end is concave with a circular boss rising from the centre of the concavity. The smaller end is flat and encrusted with ferrous corrosion products from an iron attachment.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock Bolt https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-bolt-1977.html Tue, 24 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock Bolt  
Description: Copper alloy bolt from a Roman tumbler lock. The main rectangular body is perforated with two subsquare cut outs (rounded ends) and four circular cut-outs. The teeth of a tumbler lock key would have engaged these to open the bolt.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Bolt https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-bolt-5815.html Mon, 22 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Bolt  
Description: A fragment of a sliding lock-bolt of the Roman period. It is part of the body, with two circular and two sub-rectangular holes, across which a fracture has occurred. The bolt-arm is missing.

Locks using bolts of this type were operated by a system of vertical tumblers, which located in the holes to retain the bolt in the locked position. The lock was opened by a key with protruding teeth, which matched the holes in the lock-bolt. Once engaged, the key could be lifted to raise the tumblers, and slid sideways to prevent re-engagement. The key could then be withdrawn from the keyhole, and the bolt drawn fully to open the lock.

For a complete example of similar type, see UKDFD 1977.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-6059.html Mon, 12 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period bell-shaped lock-plate fastener*. The larger end of the artefact is circular and concave, with a truncated conical boss rising from the centre of the concavity. There is a small central indentation in the flat end of the boss. At the smaller end of the bell-shaped body, there is a large circular boss with a sub-circular shaft projecting from the centre. The shaft has fractured and only a short length survives.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

The present example was found in an area with other Roman artefacts and coins (dating 3rd - 4th century), including two similar items of much smaller size (UKDFD 6063 and UKDFD 6065). It is possible that the three were all originally fitted to a single object.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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Lock-Plate Fastener https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/roman/keys-and-locks/lock-plate-fastener-6065.html Mon, 12 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT Keys and locks Lock-Plate Fastener  
Description: A Roman period bell-shaped lock-plate fastener*. The larger end of the artefact is circular and concave, with a truncated conical boss rising from the centre of the concavity. The smaller end of the bell-shaped body is flat and encrusted with ferrous corrosion products from an iron attachment.

Although there is evidence of these objects being used to fasten lock plates to wood chests and boxes, it is possible that they also had other functional and decorative uses.

The present example was found in an area with other Roman artefacts and coins (dating 3rd - 4th century), including two similar items (UKDFD 6059 and UKDFD 6063). It is possible that the three were all originally fitted to a single object.

* Often identified as 'lock-pins', which can easily lead to them being confused with tumbler/bolt pins, which clearly they are not.
Category: Roman, Keys and locks
Category: Keys and locks
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