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Iron barrel lock with textile remains

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posted on 2021-10-27, 19:22 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
MS 723, folio 35: Sibertswold boxes. No. 151 \Box. [image of lock-bolt] Iron hasp. [image of barrel lock]\""Iron padlock, barrel-form, length 2.8cm. Composed of a large cylinder diam. 1.5cm, surmounted by a small cylinder diam. 5mm. At one end both cylinders are closed by iron plates, though there is a tiny rectangular aperture at the base of the larger (for key?). At the other end the small cylinder is clean trilled and the large cylinder has a rectangular aperture for the insertion of a key. This end-plate presumably once separable from the barrel to allow the padlock attachment, in the form of sliding rods, to be inserted and removed. No key surviving. Object really needs X-ray to show interior. Textile impressions on side not drawn.Cf. Siberswold grave 24 et. al.Textile analysed by Coatsworth & Fitzgerald 2001 as \A fragment of replaced fairly coarse textile preserved all over a long tubular copper alloy object which seems to have wrapped the object...\" They state \"copper-alloy\" though this object is of iron; confusion perhaps with M 6449 from grave 24 a similar object in copper-alloy which is compared with M 6512. – D.H."


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Sibertswold Downs Grave 151

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M 6512


iron, textile (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; iron, textile) (Antiquarian Material; iron, linen cloth)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

miscellaneous, barrel lock (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; padlock) (Antiquarian Keyword; whistle)




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