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    Dec 2012
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    old NYC skeleton key...what's it worth?

    hi folks! this is my first post! i stumbled upon you guys when trying to date an old skeleton key i found in a construction site in NYC. i can't seem to find too much info on old keys and was wondering if you might be able to date it and tell me how much it may be worth. any help is appreciated! thanks

    -Chrissy

    skelteon key: http://i.imgur.com/Ld9la.jpg

  2. #2
    us
    Jan 2012
    Western NC
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    Those old keys are fairly common, and are not really worth much.
    Never buy anything you have to feed or paint. ---Old Hobo Wisdom---

  3. #3

    Dec 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lafitte Deux View Post
    Those old keys are fairly common, and are not really worth much.
    yeah, i figured as much. i'm more interested in the date! i have a fascination with everything old. any idea how old it might be?

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    us
    Jan 2012
    Western NC
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    Can't help you on the age.
    Never buy anything you have to feed or paint. ---Old Hobo Wisdom---

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    us
    Feb 2005
    West Michigan
    A stick with a box at one end and a round thing on the other.
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    Judging by the design - I'd say around 1900 to the teens/20s - most of the older ones tend to be larger/longer & more elaborate/ornate -- value -- you can buy them for $2 to $3 in any antique shop

    always fun to find though!

    HH

  6. #6
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    TH'ing Philatelist

    Sep 2012
    Bloomington Indiana
    E-TRAC & TESORO GOLDEN SABRE II---ETRAC COILS :SEF 10x12, SEF 6x8, X-5, Detech 8" concentric, ,--- TESORO COILS- 12x10 TOOLS: Lesche, Profind 25, Garrett Propointer
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    Actually...these keys with Railroad inscriptions can be worth a bit. I sold one with the name of a railroad on the cylindrical part for over $200 on ebay several years ago.
    Notable coin finds for 2013:
    (Total of 64 silver coins )
    1909-S Lincoln 1854 Large Cent
    1906-O Barber halves (2)
    1935-D 1945 Walkers
    1953-D Franklin
    1904 1908-D Barber quarters
    pre-1925 Standing Liberty
    1934 1935-D 1942 1946 1953-D 1959-D Washingtons
    1905-S 1906 1912-D 1914 Barber dimes
    1909 1910 1906 190? V-nickels
    30 Mercury dimes (several pre-1930)
    15 Roosevelt dimes
    5 40% silver nickels
    25 Indian cents
    10 Buffalo nickels
    463 Wheat cents
    1 GOLD & 15 silver rings

  7. #7
    us
    Jul 2006
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    Chrissy, it's a cabinet or hutch key from the the mid to late 1800's not much value but fun to find!


 

 

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