The Lure of the Key: Knowledge Acquired from Some Thirty-Five Years Collecting

The Lure of the Key: Knowledge Acquired from Some Thirty-Five Years Collecting

by William Wallace


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The keys in your pocket right now are probably pretty boring. Mass-produced, stamped out without care, and used without thought, they’re nothing more these days than a tool.

?But that hasn’t always been the case—and the large numbers of key collectors the world over know better than anyone. In Lure of the Key, William Wallace draws on more than thirty-five years of collecting keys to offer a richly illustrated history of the key from the Middle Ages to 1900. Paying particular attention to the incredible innovations and craftsmanship of the period around 1700, the zenith of creative keymaking, Wallace invests his history with a clear sense of the pleasure and excitement of key collecting (or cagophily)—after reading his account, you’ll never take even your dull modern keys for granted again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910787250
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 1,010,342
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William Wallace spent a career in the London Stock Exchange before turning to the antiques trade. His interest in keys began through a chance encounter with an abandoned door in France and led him to become an internationally renowned expert.

Table of Contents

What Has Gone Before
The Components and Purpose of the Key
The Apprentice
A Golden Age
The Age of Elegance
Chamberlain’s Keys
Keys of Special Merit
The Locksmiths
The Auction House
Maintenance and Improvement
Glossary of Terms
People of Note
Collections Open to the Public

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