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The key has been in use for many centuries, it has become such a familiar object, essential for so many uses, that, apart from identification, its appearance is of little or no importance. Modern keys are characterless, mass-produced stampings that do not merit a second look. Technology and the need for improved security mean that they are gradually facing extinction. Collecting keys is a logical hobby. Keys are small taking up little space; they can be stored in drawers so do not need to be dusted; require little or no maintenance; will last indefinitely and above all are both attractive and interesting, each one providing just a little of our past. The end of the 17th century was the time when the craftsman's skill reached its zenith which can be seen in the myriad illustrations. This skill has not been surpassed before or since so it is regrettable that so few keys can be attributed to a particular maker or workshop. The author has managed to include a number keys whose owners can be identified e.g. the Duke of Somerset, Catherine Fauquier, William's and Mary's Lord Chamberlain and the Earl of Carnarvon and has briefly researched their histories. All the keys are carefully photographed in colour to demonstrate the diversity, intricacy and beauty that can be encountered. Many can justifiably be described as works of art. The author provides a comprehensive glossary of terms describing the anatomy of the key and related items. The only other book published on key collecting (cagophily) is the Shire Publications edition, written by the late Eric Monk.
A special overview page of the book, signed by author William Wallace, is included!
The Lure of the Key also includes several pages of content submitted by Mark Bates, president of MBA USA, Inc.
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