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Iron lock and set of keys owned by members of the Ellis family

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
iron and brass
Dimensions
H x W x D (closed lock): 4 × 3 × 2 1/4 in. (10.2 × 7.6 × 5.7 cm)
H x W x D (iron key): 2 7/8 × 1 5/16 × 1/4 in. (7.3 × 3.3 × 0.6 cm)
H x W x D (brass key): 2 1/2 × 1 × 3/8 in. (6.4 × 2.5 × 1 cm)
Diameter (iron tag): 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Diameter (key ring): 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Type
padlocks
keys (hardware)
Place used
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
late 19th-early 20th century
Description
A two piece iron padlock with a set of two different keys and a tag. The lock consists of two separate cast iron pieces, the body (a) and the shackle (b). There is a raised five-pointed star around the keyhole. The body contains a cylinder which moves to engage the lock and shackle. The shackle is a “U” shaped cylinder with notches that engage with the cylinder. There is a small rectangular key hole in the oval shaped bottom that has a raised five-pointed star around it. There is a ridge around the circumference of the oval.
The padlock is accompanied by two different keys on a metal key ring (c). There is a cast iron key that has a flat blade with a square or notch like serrations on both sides, and an oval bow with large holes side by side. This key opens the lock. There is also a cast brass skeleton key that has a cylindrical shaft with a rectangular blade at the end with rectangular notches or serrations. The bow is an oval with a double concave hexagonal center slot flanked by two ovals. The third item attached to the ring is a circular flat iron tag.
Topic
African American
Domestic life
Families
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Object number
2012.42.13abc
Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Second Floor, 2 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture