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  O ur keys came from England almost  30 years ago. "Blue Peter," the long-running BBC children's  program has often promoted fund raisers for various charities.  In this instance, the program encouraged children from 'throughout  the land' to send in their parents' no-longer used keys. They  received keys of every kind, from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  These were sold to an antique dealer in Seattle, with the proceeds presented  to Oxfam, the charitable organization.
   Eventually, this huge collection of keys made it’s way to Bathroom Machineries where to our knowledge, it represents one of the largest collections of antique keys in the world:  Estimated at several tons & containing somewhere between 400,000 and 700,000 keys!

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“Key to my Heart” Pendant
After numerous requests for such an item, we’ve gone ahead and made these from antique solid brass keys that have been plated in nickel and attached to a lightweight bead chain. Key style may vary slightly; keys are
1-1/4 to 1-1/2” long.
KPN Nickel Key Pendant  12.95

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#1 Large Victorian gate and shop keys
At 3” to 5” long, these 1800’s and early 1900’s vintage keys are quite striking. Flat bow, pin stems with interesting bit patterns. All have medium rust.
Extremely limited supply
Each:
12.00

Please note: The keys pictured on this page are representative samples only. The keys you get will be similar but not identical. We have tried to show the “average” in how the keys generally appear, we did not single out the best examples for these photos.

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#3 Victorian Door Keys

Measures 1 1/2” to 2-1/2” long.  Barrel Stem, Wire Bow.

Each  4.00

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#4 Padlock and Door Keys
1” to 2-1/4” long keys with flat bows and barrel stems.  Early 1900’s until the middle of the century. Condition ranges from light rust to chrome plated & clean.
Each: 1.50
10 pack:  7.50
100 pack: 65.00

#8 Clockwork Keys
Flat bow keys with barrel stems. Used for winding everything from clocks to better clockwork toys. Sizes vary from 1” to 3”, all ages from early 1900’s to early 1960’s. Some very interesting shapes and styles. Light rust to clean condition.
Each: 4.40 Temporarily out
10 pack:
22.00

#8B Stamped Steel Clockwork Toy Keys
A huge variety of toy keys, average size 1-1/2” to 2”.  Buy a few and get wound up!
Each: 2.50
10 pack 20.00
(limited quantity.)

Please note:
We’ve had many requests for “that key in the picture” or “I’m ordering Key9A’s, but I only want 4” long ones”.   We can accommodate your special requests but there will be a labor charge involved.  Our Labor rate is $95 an hour with a minimum charge of $10 if you are looking for a particular shape of key.  We can only guess at the amount of time it will take to find that “special” key so be sure to contact us before placing your order.  E-mail us at info@deabath.com for an idea of the labor charge.

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#9A Mortise Door Keys
2 1/4” to 4” long, flat bow pin stem keys of various makes and styles. The basic “skeleton key” used on interior door mortise locks from 1910 to 1940. Condition varies, most have some light rust.
Each: 1.99
10 pack: 18.00  
100 pack: 160.00

9B Saturn Bow Keys
The “Saturn” or “Flying Saucer” design in the bow makes these unique.  1 1/4” to 2 1/2” long, with  Flat Bow, Pin Stem.
Each 1.75 Temp. out

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Instant Key Collections:
A semi-randomly assorted collection of our more common styles:
KEYCOL 2   2 pounds, approximately 64 keys.   29.00
 

9E Miniature Keys
1-1/4” to 2” long.  Flat bow, pin stem.  Nice for art projects, bracelets, necklaces.  Non-plated, limited supply.
Each   1.50 Temp Out
10 pack 12.00

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#9C “Union” Door keys
2-1/2” to 3” long, flat bow, pin stem.  Chrome plated keys with light to moderate rust. Popular for promotions (see “key ideas” below). 1920 to 1940 vintage.
Each: 1.80
10 pack: 16.00  
100 Pack
140.00

Key Ideas:
  Antique keys look especially striking when displayed on a backing in a picture frame. 
Party Pointer: Purchase one of our Classic Padlocks and several antique keys.  Lock your promotional or party treasure chest and hand out keys to your guests/ customers. The winning key opens the chest and claims the prize, the “losers” still have a genuine antique key to keep as a party favor. A sure hit for your next party or promotion! Let us know which lock you are interested in and we can select keys that look similar to the working key for you.  Please note; expedited shipping may not be available for this service.

#9D Flat Bow, Flat Shank Door Keys
1900 to 1950 keys, a WIDE variety of shapes and styles.
Each: 1.70  
  (limited quantity available.)

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#10 Uncut Mortise Door Lock Key Blanks
1 1/2” to 4” long, various styles and ages ranging from 1890’s to 1940’s with condition ranging from moderate rust to rusty chrome plated.
Each: 1.70
(limited quantity available.)

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#13A Victorian Jewelry Box Key
Wire Bow, Pin Stem. These dainty little keys measure roughly 1-1/4” in overall length.  Very Limited supply!
Each 3.50 Temp. out

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#13B Wire Bow, Barrel Stem Key
These small keys measure between 1 1/8” to 1 3/8” long.  Nice, aged keys, great for craft projects.
Each 3.50
10 Pack: 20.00

#13C Victorian Jewelry Box Key
These dainty barrel stem antique keys measure less than 1” long. Keys less than 1” are very uncommon.
Each: 5.50
10 Pack: 35.00

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#13D Wire bow, Barrel Stem Key
If you were paying attention, you would have noticed that we jumped in length between the two above key catagories.  Therefore, here we are.  These keys measure between 1” and 1 1/8”.  Great for jewelry!
Each: 3.75

Quantity discounts on keys? The 100 pack prices shown here are our bottom-line price on any quantity of keys over 100. Sorting through our multi-ton pile of keys is very labor intensive and even more so for large orders. Whether we sort out 100 keys or 6000, our labor cost remains the same. (Not to mention it’s dirty, dusty, rusty work involving close association with lots of spiders!)  Keys that do not list a 100 pack price are not abundant enough in our collection to fill large orders.

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#15B Fancy Bow Sewing Machine Treadle Keys
1-1/2” to 2-1/2” long, all with light rust.  Ornate unusual bows  with either square or triangular ends.
Each: 7.50
10 Pack: 65.00 
(limited quantity available)

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#5 Victorian Clock Winder Keys
 Rare clock winder keys ranging from 1-1/2” to 3” long. All have an even coating of light rust. Wire bows with various ends.
Each: 6.50

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Reproduction Jailer’s Key Ring

Cast brass replicas on a wire ring. Perfect for decoration, period costume, or stage prop use.  Set of five keys ranging from 2-1/2” to 5-1/2” long. Keys are polished cast brass and have a nice, period look to them.  Keys are uncoated and are an excellent reproduction of original skeleton keys
19-279 Reproduction Jailer’s Key Ring 18.00

Please note:
We’ve had many requests for “that key in the picture” or “I’m ordering Key9A’s, but I only want 4” long ones”.   We can accommodate your special requests but there will be a labor charge involved.  Our Labor rate is $95 an hour with a minimum charge of $10 if you are looking for a particular shape of key.  We can only guess at the amount of time it will take to find that “special” key so be sure to contact us before placing your order.  E-mail us at info@deabath.com for an idea of the labor charge.

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