Padlock and key

Padlock and key
Title
Padlock and key
Date 
1830-1890
Medium 
Iron, brass, pigment
Dimensions 
a: 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 7/8 in. ( 12.1 x 8.6 x 2.2 cm ) b: 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 in. ( 7 x 2.9 x 0.6 cm )
Description 
U-shaped with two 'ears' in sheet iron with baluster-shaped, flat brass pivoting keyhole cover and rectangular brass keyhole surround; iron key with compress heart- shaped handle, banded shaft.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Helen C. Marsh
Object Number 
1949.41ab
Marks 
inscribed: on keyhole cover: "(crown)/V.R./PATENT"
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, the padlock and the key were from the Fortress Monroe while Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there. The prison was secured by Lt. Col. Nathan Church, father of the donor, of the 26th Michigan regiment who was in command at Fortress Monroe under General Nelson A. Miles.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group