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Plate for a lock of copper-alloy

Medieval, possibly 13th-14th century.

Found in the 1970s during an excavation of the archaeological section of the Winchester Museum on Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire.

Locks and keys from archaeological excavations are most often made of iron for strength, but this copper alloy lock must have been made from a fragile little box or chest. The box itself must have been made of perishable material, most likely wood, which has not survived.