FAQ's

JoAnne's collection of antique keysShipping charges:

  • Up to $46 = $2.75
  • $46 - $61 = $3.25
  • $61 - $100= $3.75
  • $101 and up = free

Exchanges

Yes, I want you to be completely satisfied with your key necklace. If you are not happy about something, please email me and we will work it out!

Chain

The BALL CHAIN is American-made and very good quality. Silver-colored chain is nickle plated steel, and the antique brass color chain is powder coated steel. Necklace length is 30." This style of chain can be cut with a side cutter by the customer to be made shorter.

The "choker length" -or- 19" LINK CHAIN is American-made and very good quality. Both the Antique Silver and the Antique Brass chain are solid brass with a plating. This smaller-sized link chain IS soldered. I also offer a stainless steel link chain that comes with the Watch Part Jewelry line.

The "long length" -or- 32" LINK CHAIN is American-made and very good quality. Both the Antique Silver and the Antique Brass chain are solid brass with a plating. This heavier link chain is NOT soldered. Necklaces under $60 are in an "endless" style, which means that there is no lobster claw closure. This necklace is long enough to easily slip over your head. Necklaces over $60 come with a lobster claw closing.

Antique Keys

All of my keys are authentic keys and are all steel except as noted for the solid brass keys. If your steel key gets wet, dry it off as soon as possible to avoid getting any rust. If you do get some rust, just use fine steel wool or a green scrubbbie to rub it off. Some keys look "shiny" which can mean that they are newer or that they are actually old but have never been used and are called NOS (new old stock.) Most of my keys are what is commonly called "skeleton keys" and opened warded style locks. These locks were so easily jimmied open, that when the newer-style of pin tumbler locks became available, most homeowners switched. So now, most people open their front door with a flat key.

Definition of SKELETON KEY

A key that has been altered in such a way as to be able to bypass the wards inside a lock and open a door. This was usually done by filing down the nobs on the bit, or bottom of the key, so that it would turn in the lock. The term refers to the fact that they key has been reduced to it's most basic parts, like a skeleton. Another belief about where the term skeleton key came from is that this type of key can open any door, thus acts like a ghost coming and going. In reality, a true skeleton key is only a key that HAS been altered. In all of the keys I have collected over 20 years, I've probably only had about 10 filed down keys. Today, most people commonly call ANY antique key a skeleton key, which lends an air of mystery to them.