[ANSTHRLD] Keys and crow

Ronald Blackman eirik at hot.rr.com
Wed May 11 18:49:40 PDT 2011

Doing a little Google searching, I found the following:" An antique key
usually has three basic parts: The part you handle and turn is known as the
"bow," the tab that operates the lock is called the "bit," and the two are
connected by a "shank."
>From this link: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/keys

I'd trust it slightly more than Wikipedia.

Eirik Halfdanarson

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> Of Tim McDaniel
> Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:14 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ANSTHRLD] Keys and crow
> On Wed, 11 May 2011, Crandall <crandalltwo-scalists at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I found this, but no cited reference.
> >
> > Key -- by default keys are palewise, however there is some confusion
> > between mundane and SCA heraldry as to the location of the wards
> > (the part that goes into the lock)
> It's probably a direct quotation from the Pic Dic.  Thing is,
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warded_lock> says that wards are part of
> the lock mechanism, not part of a key.  But that article cites
> absolutely no sources and, in a couple of minutes of searching,
> I wasn't able to find anything authoritative.  A couple of minutes
> more suggests that "bit" is the correct word for the blade at the
> tip.
> Dannet de Lyncoln
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> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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