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Storing gun powder was a dangerous business. In 1748 a specialy designed powder magazine was built at the top of Dumbarton Rock to hold up to 150 barrels of this highly explosive material. This lock and key from the magazine was made of copper rather than iron to prevent any sparks igniting the powder. The key is marked "MAGAZINE / SHIFTING ROOM" on one side and an ordnance mark on the reverse.
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295 x 330 x 40mm
160 x 70 x 15mm
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