thekeyhistoric

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thekeyhistoric

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Accessories, Craft, Handmade, Etsy

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About

A shop that began in my grandfather’s garage…

Many years ago I visited my grandfather at his quaint country home in the small town of Lewistown, Pennsylvania. My wife Lauren wasn’t able to accompany me because of work, so I wanted to bring her back a fun souvenir. After much searching I was unable to find a gift that was more thoughtful than a sampling of my favorite hometown potato chips and birch beer!

My last hope was an Amish Flea Market. Walking up and down the aisles of antiques, I knew I couldn’t bring back something large – but not even the small wares had that personal touch I was searching for. Then I stumbled on a weathered crate full of old antique keys. My wife has always loved unusual jewelry, and especially longer, intricate rings – and these keys were beautiful! The engraving, the patina, the different shapes – I knew they would make a great piece if I could pull it off – so I bought three of them.

With my grandfather’s help, and after breaking the first two keys, I carefully pounded out the first successful antique key ring in the garage. Needless to say, my wife LOVED it, and so has everyone who has seen her wearing it over the years. Slowly more and more requests turned into a full-time business! We now do 80+ shows per year and have our very own Etsy shop – here! And that first ring? She still wears it almost every day. Now you can get one of your very own!

@thekeyhistoric

Unique rings & jewelry made from repurposed antique keys & hardware! Handcrafted in small batches. Shop here or online at...

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A little piece of magic. 🐬 Early 1900's Edison phonograph key necklace - $45 shipped - First one to message me gets it. A rare find! - - - #antiquekeys #AntiqueKey #keynecklace #dolphinkey #phonograph #recordplayer #edison #edisonphonograph #antiques #fleamarketfinds #keyjewelry #keysfordays #victorianstyle #edwardianfashion #edwardian #dolphins #rarefinds #uniquegifts
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Weekend finds. 🕵️ - - #fleamarketfinds #alamedapoint #fleamarketstyle #antiquekeys #vintagekeys #oldkeys #tokens #transittokens #repurposed #jewelrygiftideas #keyjewelry #vw #volkswagen #SanFran #newyorktube #newyork #vintagepadlocks #alamedafleamarket
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Weekend finds 🔍 Loving the 1917 dog tag! 🐾 #antiquekeys #smalls #dogtag #vintage #fleamarketfinds #rosebowlfleamarket
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A key bracelet bouquet! Each one freshly hand picked and hand crafted. Choose your favorites this weekend at the #HandmadeLA Marketplace at the @lacountyfair! 💐💐💐 - - - #LACountyFair #lacf #fairkicks #keybracelets #leatherbracelet #braceletstacks #shopping #keyjewelry #wearablehistory #keylove #keytosuccess #keytohappiness #antiquekey
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Hartmann - manufacturer of fine Luggage & Leather Goods - was founded by Joseph S. Hartmann in Milwaukee, WI in 1877. Their steamer trunks were some of the best made - and their thick keys have stood the test of time. 🚂 These 3 special trunk keys on 1/2" leather straps will be available this weekend at the @lacountyfair! $25 ea. (Or DM me!) 👈 - - - #wearablehistory #hartmann #hartmannluggage #excelsior #antiquekeys #steampunk #victoriana #LACountyFair #lacf #fairkicks #lafair #jewerly #handmadeLA #handmade #etsy #etsyfinds #keys #vintagekeys
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All set up at the LA County Fair with display on point! This weekend + the next 2 weekends - come say hello! 🎠🔑 - - - #LACountyFair #fairkicks #fairdays #shopsmall #shophandmade #handmade #vintagekeys #boothdisplay #merchandising #visualmerchandising #lafair #losangeles
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NEW! Ruler + Key necklaces 🤓 - - - Coming to the @lacountyfair this weekend! Fri/Sat/Sun only. #fairkicks #lacf #LACountyFair #keynecklaces #keynecklace #vintagekeys #antiquekeys #handmade #shopsmall #repurposed #fashionman #fashion #fashiongirl #necklaceoftheday #necklaces #necklace
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✳️ Stand out with a piece of #wearablehistory. ✳️ - - - See me at the LA County Fair Sept 7-9, 14-16, 21-23. #lacf #LACountyFair #fairkicks #vintagekeys #keyjewelry #fordmustang #chevrolet #chevy #vintagechevy #desoto #dodge #vw #volkswagen #comet #mercurycomet #ford #vintageford #esso #style #uniquejewelry #handmade #etsy #etsyfinds
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Finally finished the twin Vauxhall Motors key rings and they look SMASHING. 🇬🇧 #vauxhall
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❤️ (new necklace options coming...🤫)
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Seems appropriate. 🔥☄️🔑 #comet #mercury #carkey
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The LA County Fair is fast approaching! 🎡🎠 It's my craziest show of the year - 114 hours of selling over three consecutive 3 day weekends! Come visit me in the handmade village Sept 7-9, 14-16, & 21-23... #lacf #LACountyFair #daretofair @lacountyfair
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