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  1. #1
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    Default Bramah Style Key

    Artifact No: 1947/001
    Key: Bramah style.
    CoR: England. Dt: 19th century.
    Sz: 79mm (50mm folded). Mt: steel. Wt: 26g.
    Folding, 6 slider with a wire bow.

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    This is an interesting key in as much as the difference in length when folded is only 30mm. The key is already a short key so the question has to be asked is; why does it need to be folding?

    The only theory suggested so far is that it would more conveniently fit into the owners or butlers waistcoat pocket suggesting that a certain household routine or convention dictated the feature. We often see longer bulkier keys that fold but a short key such as this is less common.

    Perhaps Paul or other Bramah experts might have a view...

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