There are numerous examples in museums throughout the world including Schloss Ambras and the Wallace collection. Some of these keys, forged of bronze and iron, not only fit the lock but resembled the architecture of the doors they fit into.Collectors today may be able to find keys from ancient Rome or medieval Europe, but the metal will be corroded. The original owner of this mace must have been a very wealthy and powerful individual. 574) A DECORATED AND RARE ITALIAN CORSECA CIRCA 1600-25: A simple, but elegant but wicked weapon of the Renaissance.
A near identical example is found in the world famous Odescalchi Collection at Doge's Palace in Venice Italy. Beautiful roping at the edges, embossing at the cheek pieces , gilded and decorated.
This example is restored and conserved to museum standards and would make an exceptional addition to any collection. Basilards are preserved as part of tomb effigies of Knights in full dress.
Provenance St, Sofia, The Imperial Ottoman Arsenal. After 1350, the Basilard became a favorite of violence prone civilians.
It cuts and thrusts with speed and additional power can be employed by using the pommel as a grip for a 2 hand strike. A great addition to any collection dealing with Medieval. It was almost certainly made in Bijapur (the capital of the Adishahi empire). : During the middle ages keys were a means to flaunt wealth.
Real period bastard swords are rare with there original rain guard even rarer. Original locking mechanism that works as well as the first day it was made. If you had a key it meant you were someone with property worth protecting.