Brass and Yellow Gold Key
(likely unsigned Tiffany & Co.)
The gold key to…. 1) Success 2) Your/My Heart 3) The City 4) Happiness 5) The Tower 6) Life 7) Our New Home? Oh the possibilities! Whatever you might be trying to unlock, this key could be your ticket. First – it’s yet to be cut, so a locksmith or key cutter could cut it to fit most locks. Secondly, what a gift this gold key would be to someone to celebrate any of the above.
What We Love About It:
I love the idea of this key becoming a talisman. Whether it hangs around your neck or from your keychain, it could easily be engraved on the back to celebrate a date, a person (monogram) or even a new home (maybe don’t engrave the address on it if you’re going to have the key cut to fit the front door, though). So many great possible ideas and uses here. Jewelry with meaning has always been a favorite genre.
The head of the key is 14kt yellow gold and has a hashmarked chevron pattern on the front and is solid on the back (perfect for engraving). The arm of the key is brass and is uncut, so it could be left that way or be cut by a locksmith to fit a corresponding lock (it wouldn’t likely work on a modern car, for example, but it may work in a door lock). While not hallmarked other than with a 14kt stamp, many of these from the time period came from the Tiffany and Co. workshops but weren’t marketed as such (this one came to us in the Tiffany and Co pouch you see in the photos, but we don’t know if they are truly a matched pair).
Hard to say if this one was made by Tiffany’s for certain, but I’ve seen photos online of others that are strikingly similar, with provenance. The gold key measures 2.25″ x 15/16″ (at its widest point) and weighs 9.8g. There is a simple 14kt circular bail on top and a 14kt gold jump ring attached, from which you could string a neckchain (not included) or clip to a keyring (you would want to have the spring ring soldered together if you choose the keyring option).
What a great gift from a bride to her groom (or vice versa), from one BFF to another, from parents to their recent grad or from a realtor to a new homeowner. I’m sure there are more usage/gift giving ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Have you?