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Jailers'/Gaolers' Keys!

Post  MaggotyAnne on Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:47 pm

Iíve recently acquired a set of 5 jailersí keys from a garage sale for 5 dollars. Needless to say, Iím thrilled. If you search online for these, youíll only end up with replicas. From what I have gathered, individual keys of this size seem to fetch $75 each, or $150-$200 for a ring of them, which makes no sense. Everybody remembers what they look like, but genuine ones are rare. These are solid brass, and look like somewhat like this:

Except that the keyring theyíre on is welded closed, and it is without the queer little hoop on top. They are quite heavy, and awesome.

Anyway, I want to wear them on a hook on a belt like a proper jailer, but Iíve a) got no belt suitable and b) cannot find a hook to attach them to it. Does anyone have any suggestions?


By the way, EVERY hit I got searching for Ďantique jailers keysí gave me a reproduction. What the hell? And they were all made to look rusted. Brass doesn't rust! It turns green in spots, and tarnishes!
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Re: Jailers'/Gaolers' Keys!

Post  MaggotyAnne on Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:33 pm

Oh, come on. I shouldn't have to bump here. scratch
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Re: Jailers'/Gaolers' Keys!

Post  Zwack on Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:13 pm

Any belt should do...

You might try Tandy Leather factory for clips... Depending on just what you are looking for.

I hope that this helps,

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Post  OldProfessorBear on Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:37 pm

You probably want a clip with a chain something like a watchchain, but heavier.

I'd suggest trying a locksmith or someplace dealing in accessories for bikers or truckdrivers.

I know I've seen people around wearing something of the sort.

Failing that, try a hardware store for chain by the foot and various odds and ends that could be used as clips (S-hooks, for example).

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Post  Zwack on Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:16 pm

Tandy actually sell clips with chains...

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?number=1110-01

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Re: Jailers'/Gaolers' Keys!

Post  MaggotyAnne on Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:28 pm

Thank you, OldProfessorBear! I think you mean wallet chains, which would certainly work, but I really like your S hook suggestion.

This site has exactly what I'm looking for, for the purpose I intend, but I'm not paying $15 plus shipping for it. To the hardware store!
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