Animation of the Day: Iron Skeleton Key from James Madison’s Montpelier

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

929_keyToday’s animation is an iron skeleton key that was recovered from James Madison’s Montpelier. This iron skeleton key was found in the stable quarter’s at James Madison’s Montpelier and dates to the 19th century.  It was used to secure goods with a padlock. Given the location of this finding, it appears that either an enslaved gardener or an enslaved blacksmith used the key to lock up their equipment. This object was scanned and edited by the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s Rachael Hulvey.  A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features Rachael discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here:

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