Under flintlock and key: 17th Century jailer’s guns give new meaning to being ‘banged up’

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An absolutely fascinating gallery of photos of ‘Jailer’s keys’

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“Jailers’ keys were apparently filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door. We found several original versions that back up this claim, dating from the 17th century and of various complexity.”

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