Charming Mid-Century Display of Victorian Keys



  • £95.00
  • €108 Euro
  • $118 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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Backed with a gently faded red/pink velvet, this shield shaped display of keys is a charming piece that has been competently put together and has survived well, with just minor fraying to the corners... The display itself is likely to date to the 1940s/'50s, but the steel keys are Victorian examples c.1880.

What the display was for is speculation - the window of a locksmiths? A local museum? Whatever it's past purpose, it makes for a lovely display with a good vintage aesthetic and they keys themselves obviously carry a lot of symbolism.

The display measures 39cm high x 31cm wide and is around 0.5cm thick. It can be sat no it's base as per the photo or hung using a hanging loop stitched in to the rear (see last photo).


  • H: 39cm (15.35in)
  • W: 31cm (12.20in)
  • D: 0.5cm (0.20in)



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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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