My Mom found a key today that my Dad was hiding behind a picture. He
died many years back, so I have no idea what it goes to and I was
hoping that someone could help me. I have the picture posted at my
Yeah, looks _very_ much like the "key" people use to unlatch
interior door locks on bathrooms for when the door is accidentally
locked from the wrong side, or the kid locks themselves in. These
days people usually use screwdrivers or roasting skewers.
[Or at least, I do ;-)]
The other thing it's location suggests is that it might be
a key for something they didn't want you getting into - like
a very old/primitive/not-very-secure lock on a gun or money
box or something like that.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
Looks like the key to a cheap metal storage box like this:
Maybe that's his box on ebay? ;-)
BTW the bathroom door keys that I have are more like nails with just
the end filed flat. In fact, I've made a few out of nails and a
grinder. The keyhole is round and wouldn't accept a flat key like the
one in your picture. In addition, I think your's is too short to be a
A friend of mine and his wife once bought a dresser at an antique auction,
and when they turned it flat to load it into their pickup, they heard
something rattling around inside. When they got home, they pulled out the
drawers and found a metal cash box with about $7,000.00 in it. Perhaps the
OP should start poking around the house...
It's not really a "security" lock, it's a "privacy" lock. The lock on
a bathroom door is just to prevent folks from barging in without
I lived in a house where the bathroom door knob had a round hole and
the key that came with it was a flat key stamped out of metal similar
to the one in her picture. Your ebay cash box clearly uses a skeleton
On Nov 8, 2:36 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm not sure where I implied it was a security lock...but thanks for
that information anyway.
The "like this" referred to the cheap metal box, not the lock. I have
a cheap metal box at home that has (had) a key like the one pictured.
Was the flat key to your bathroom less than 2" long? Just seems a tad
short to be a door key, IME.
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