Collecting Antique Skeleton Keys for Fun, to Use, or to Make into Jewelry
Whether you like to collect old keys because you just like the way they look, or you want to include them into another project, like a model of a Victorian home, or creating necklaces from the keys, there are many interesting antique skeleton keys on the second hand market today. Skeleton keys were formed out of hard metals, made to last. They were much harder to make than keys are today, so it was important to make keys as sturdy as possible.
That is why so many skeleton keys have outlasted the doors, locks, or gates that they were originally meant to open. Depending on its usage, an antique skeleton key can come in many different sizes and shapes, which makes them very interesting and highly collectible. And they are affordable to just about any collector, making them an antique collectible for all.
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Antique Skeleton Key Materials
Most antique skeleton keys were forged from cast iron, which is an extremely hardy metal. This is what you will find when you look for old keys that were use a lot, and needed to be sturdy. However, keys for fancier jewelry boxes and other smaller items were sometimes made of brass, a much prettier metal that would be shiny, instead of having a matte finish like cast iron.
Vintage Padlock and Skeleton Keys in Brass
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Buying Old Keys in Lots
Depending on what your goals are when searching for old keys, you may just want to buy them in lots. These are a good way to find keys to make jewelry from, or if you are going to use the keys for a large project. When you do buy old keys, just make sure that they are authentic, not skeleton key replicas. There is no reason to buy a replica, because you can find plenty of the genuine article for a very reasonable price.
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Antique Victorian Skeleton Key
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