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Object Name Key
Catalog Number 1974.4.52
Date ca.1910
Material(s) Steel;
Dimensions H-3.125 W-1.5 D-0.125 inches
Description This is the key to the tool chest (1974.4.1). It has a punched and formed spiral steel key ring. The key is cast and machined steel.
Notes A note taped to the exterior when found in the warehouse read, "Not Accessioned/Rec'd Feb. 1974/By Tom Gatewood." Gatewood was a driver for the Historymobile. Charles Frank Rickert is listed in the 1900 census as a white male aged 19, born in Kentucky in 1881, living at the Central Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, the son of the Asylum's butcher, Peter Rickert. The Asylum had a staff of roughly 250 in 1900. Charles married Violet Martha Forcht on April 19, 1911. He probably constructed the chest as an example of his work upon becoming a journeyman carpenter or joiner. The tools in the chest seem to reflect a number of trades including carpentry, auto mechanics and body work, plumbing, and leather working.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Keys (Hardware)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS