Key - Nosy Crow Skip to content


Key from a king’s house, Spain, early 1800s

The pattern at the top of this bronze key gilded with gold shows that it comes from the court of King Ferdinand VII of Spain who ruled from 1808–1838. Look closely to see his royal emblems: the three petals of a lily flower attached to a lion and a castle. What do you think the king’s chief of staff, the chamberlain, used the key for?

Text and website © Nosy Crow Ltd 2024

Images © The Trustees of the British Museum