German & Prussian (Austrian) Keys

An assortment of German and Prussian keys. Early keys used interesting camelback designs as well as ruggedly-built straight lever designs. In the US, instrument makers stopped making camelbacks in the latter part of the 1800's, but German & Prussian camelbacks continued to be made into the 20th Century, which often fools collectors into thinking their camelback key is very early when in reality it might have been made in the early 1900's.

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Very Early German Camelback, Ca. 1860's. Close-up of the Contact & Spring German Straight Lever Key. 1872 Early German Camelback, Ca. 1870's
Early German Cast Iron Camelback Early German Postal Key. (w1tp.com) Another German Cast Iron Camelback Key Prussian Camelback by Zukriebel, Prague
German "I-Beam" Lever Key, Ca. 1880's Another German I-Beam Key by Gurlt Another I-Beam Key. Maker Unknown Early German Straight Lever Postal Key
Siemens & Halske Postal Key. 1885 Typical Style of German Date Stamp Showing the Crown Symbol and Date of Oct. 20, 1885 Early German Straight Lever Postal Key Siemens & Halske Postal Key With 2 Spring Adjustments
Another German Landline Key. Maker Unknown Another Unknown German Landline Key One More Unknown Landline Key Miniature Prussian Camelback Key
Another View of the Miniature Camelback Austrian Camelback Key, Ca. Early 1900's Camelback Key With Lever Shroud Top View Showing the Lever Shroud
German Camelback Key For Demonstration Use. Made by Ferdinand Ernecke, Berlin Demo Camelback 2 Demo Camelback 23 Demo Camelback 3
Demo Camelback 4 Prussian Camelback Key. Ca. Early 1900's Small Cast Iron Camelback German Postal Key
Another German Postal Key Postal Style Key Used by Line Technicians German Folding Lever Key. Probably Used in Some Sort of Field Telegraph Set Folding Lever Key With Lever Up
Postal Key With Double Contacts Unknown German Key Postal Key by Gurlt Rear Pivot Camelback Key by Zimmerman, Leipzig
Key With 2 Sets of Springs For Accurate Tension Adjustment Key Marked E. Leybold Close-up of Leybold Nameplate Telefunken Type 271a Army Key
Close-up of Name Stamp Military Key With Tall Knob Used in Airplanes. Knob Made it Easier to Handle With Gloves Unknown Key With Tall Binding Posts WW1 German Army Key Dated Sept. 21, 1917
"Upside Down" Key. Maker Unknown. Another Unknown German Military Key Another View of the German Military Key German Luftwaffe Type TG.2a Key by Baumuster. Used on Dornier "Flying Pencil" Bomber
German Luftwaffe Flameproof Key by BAL. US Navy Type 26003 Key Was Based on This Design German Army "Maus" Key. Used in WW2 Tanks WW2 German Army Key. Maker Unknown WW2 German Army Key
Inside the Army Key WW2 German Army Key by Hans Windmaier Inside the Windmaier Key Junker Army Key With Cover
Inside the Junker Key Junker Key With Leg Mount Unknown German Military Key German Luftwaffe Type TG.5a Flameproof Key by Baumuster
Inside the Baumuster Key Telefunken Type ZTK-129 Army Key Inside the Telefunken Key East German Army Key by Entstort
Entstort Label Inside the Entstort Key Unknown German Army Key East German Army Key By EGB, Leipzig
Inside the EGB Key EGB Label East German FME-33 Sideswiper by Jablonsky Radio Key by Allei
Another View of the Allei Key Recent Key by Morserholz Key & Buzzer Set by Hegra Hannes Bauer Straight Key

 

 

 

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