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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003101
Description
Large metal skeleton key, which consists of a single piece of metal with a solid cylindrical central section that has an oval loop handle at one end; the other end of the cylindrical section is flat and round; there is a rectangular-shaped pair of teeth coming off to one side just before the outer …
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Accession Number
000003101
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Description
Large metal skeleton key, which consists of a single piece of metal with a solid cylindrical central section that has an oval loop handle at one end; the other end of the cylindrical section is flat and round; there is a rectangular-shaped pair of teeth coming off to one side just before the outer end of the cylindrical piece; the teeth are close together and each has one rounded and two straight notches cut out from its inner edge, in mirror image to each other.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-6
Temporary Location
On display “History of Psychiatry” at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa L-2018-2; 20 March 2018 – 31 Dec 2019
Dimension Notes
Length 14.6 cm x Width 5.6 cm x Depth 1.5 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows minor wear; no corrosion is visible.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Other
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired Kingston Psychiatric Hospital nurse; originally came with a paper label that read, "Original key of // Front Door of Hospital" (not saved)
Research Facts
This key was for the front door of Rockwood Asylum in Kingston, Ontario.
Exhibit History
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 - 24 Nov 2016. In case 1 of exhibit "Asylum: The Story of Kingston Psychiatric Hospital," Dec. 5, 2000
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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
000003102
Description
Large black case iron crest-shaped padlock with silver metal U-lock at the top which is hinged at the right side; the front of the padlock has a brass key plate attached by a pivot at the top that allows it to move to the right or left and cover or uncover the keyhole; the back of the padlock is fl…
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Accession Number
000003102
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Household Articles
Description
Large black case iron crest-shaped padlock with silver metal U-lock at the top which is hinged at the right side; the front of the padlock has a brass key plate attached by a pivot at the top that allows it to move to the right or left and cover or uncover the keyhole; the back of the padlock is flat.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital; used on the front door of Rockwood.
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Material
metal: silver; black; yellow
Inscriptions
The front of the key plate has an anchor and rope design as well as the words, "SECURE // TUMBLER // LOCK" stamped into the metal.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-C3-6
Temporary Location
On display “History of Psychiatry” at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa L-2018-2; 20 March 2018 – 31 Dec 2019
Dimension Notes
Length 10.4 cm x Width 15.1 cm x Depth 2.5 cm (closed)
Condition Remarks
The padlock shows some wear, especially on the front of the key plate; the U-lock and key plate show no corrosion, but there is a very small spot visible at the bottom of the cast iron padlock; (2): some wear on the bolt; latch is worn and tarnished; spotty wear points on body of lock.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Other
Reference Comments
Connie Cox, retired Kingston Psychiatric Hospital nurse; originally came with a paper label that read, "Early Type // Hospital Padlock" (not saved)
Research Facts
This padlock was for the front door of Rockwood Aslyum in Kingston, Ontario.
Exhibit History
On display, Providence Continuing Care Centre: "Rockwood Asylum: Refuge and Renewal 1878–1905" from Feb. 13, 2007 to 24 Nov 2016. In case 1 of exhibit "Asylum: The Story of Kingston Psychiatric Hospital," Dec. 5, 2000; On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
Images
Less detail