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Object Name Key
Date 1870s-Unknown
Description Heavy metal skeleton key found in dirt removed from underneath the dining room at 607 Grove Street. The loop on the end of the key is thin compared to the rest of the key. The shaft of the key gets progressively wider toward the toothed end of the key. There are three raised bands about one-third of the way down the shaft from the loop. Another wide band appears just before the teeth. The end of the key has a rectangular protrusion with a notch on either side. The end of the key is blunt. The handle/loop of the key has two areas that appear shiny and bronze in color. This may be original finish of the metal. It is unknown whether this key was a skeleton key, a key to a specific door, or a key to a cupboard or trunk.

Looking at pictures ca. 1870, it is known that the Jacobs family had a cookhouse where the dining room now stands. This artifact could have come to rest under the dining room in a variety of ways. One theory is that, before the addition to the house, broken glassware, plates, and other items could have been thrown into a trash heap just outside of the cookhouse.
Object Number 2004.038.039