Skeleton Keys - Antique Restoration Supplies


When I think of skeleton keys it brings me back to the days as a child and my Grandfather's old slat top desk.  The key was always protuding through the keyhole.  How different life was back in the days that you commonly locked your furniture while leaving your home unlocked.  Many types of furniture used a variety of barrel bit keys.  These are the hollow round shaft keys with the flang on the end to turn the lock throw.  It is not uncommon to have a key that will unlock the drawers of a dresser that belonged to your Grandparents and also unlock a bow front china cabinet that you purchased at an antique show.

While there are some pieces that used a more complex bit a few of the reproduction skeleton keys will unlock a wide variety of furniture.  Many years ago when Phyllis Kennedy first entered the hardware business, she would go to flea markets and shows with several keys in her purse.  Many times she would be successful in locking a dealers china cabinet or dresser drawers with one of the keys she carried.  This most always lead to an interesting conversation as well as a keys sale to a future long time customer.

Today we sell skeleton keys by the hundreds, not only to people in the antiques world but to promotionaal companies and advertisers.  One of the more interesting sales was to a wonderful woman who used the keys for seating assignments at her daughters wedding.  They were even used as a prop by the photographer to produce a stunning photo of the couples wedding rings.

Antique cabinet with place cards on the doors, hanging with skeleton keys Beautiful wedding photo by Mathieu Photography using our skeleton keys as a prop.Another shot of cabinet with antique skeleton keys





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Hoosier Cabinet SpecialistsEstablished in 1983, Kennedy Hardware, LLC is a family owned and operated wholesale business providing antique furniture restoration hardware and supplies to antique dealers and furniture restorers throughout the United States. Our sales, distribution, and manufacturing operations are located in a small industrial park at Zionsville, Indiana just northwest of Indianapolis. In addition to stocking an extensive line of restoration hardware for antique furniture, we manufacture flour bins, sifters, tambour doors, and many other parts for Hoosier cabinets. Publisher of best-selling Hoosier Cabinets book.


[07-17-2009] Hand Antiqued Finish
Due to many requests we are now offering a select line of hand antiqued hardware items. If you find an item that is not offered in the hand antiqued finish, contact us for a quote.
[07-23-2009] Antique Skeleton Keys
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