Rare 1700's French Double Bit Skeleton Key

 

Key Measures approx. 10" Long

 

 

Rare key found in 1970's  near the grottoes " des Echelles"

(Saint-Christophe is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France)
These grottoes were once used as a hideout from Louis Mandrin (1725-1755) - famous Captain General of France smugglers, and this is in the grotto "des Echelles" that he escaped from the king's soldiers.

 

 

Key has extensive pitting

 

 

 

 

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