Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Oslo Hotel Bristol skeleton key

This item from the famous Oslo Hotel Bristol has just gone up on eBay. It says it is a "vintage brass skeleton room key and fob", and the current bid stands at $19.95.  It's hard to work out what exactly we are looking at. Sticking out at the side, the fob is rather ungainly, but it is apparently stamped with the same room number – 415 – and must have been made all of a piece because the two parts cannot now be separated. Usually fobs are something you can hook on to, but how do you "wear" this key? Clever, though, to give it a room number. No-one would suspect it could open every door.

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