German Keys

An assortment of keys from Germany, which includes keys from Prussia and Austria. 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 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. ( 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 3 Demo Camelback 4
Demo Camelback 5 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 (Possibly Dutch). (PA3EGH Collection) 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
Another Unknown German Military Key Another View of the German Military Key Baumuster Type T1 German Army Key, Ca. 1934 Inside the Baumuster Key
Key & Buzzer Set by Hegra, Ca. 1935 Radio Key by Allei, Ca. 1938 Another View of the Allei Key German Luftwaffe Flameproof Key by BAL. US Navy Type 26003 Key Was Based on This Design
German Army "Maus" Key. Used in WW2 Tanks Telefunken Model T.2. An Aircraft Key Used by German Luftwaffe During WW2 Inside the Telefunken T.2 Close-up of the Nameplate on the Telefunken T.2
The Baumuster Version of the Type T.2 Key Inside the Baumuster Type T.2 Baumuster Type T.17 Inside the Baumuster Type T.17
Baumuster Type TT.1 Inside the Baumuster Type TT.1 Close-up of the TT.1 Label "Upside-Down" Key. Maker Unknown
Other Side of the Upside-Down Key German Luftwaffe Type TG.2a Key by Baumuster. Used on Dornier "Flying Pencil" Bomber Inside the TG.2a Baumuster 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 Another Luftwaffe Flameproof Key
Inside the Luftwaffe Key Telefunken Type ZTK-129 Army Key Inside the Telefunken Key East German Army Key by Entstort
Entstort Label Inside the Entstort Key East German Army Key Inside the East German 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 Unknown Key With Switch. Similar to Danish Amplidan Keys Inside the German Key With Switch Hannes Bauer Straight Key
Unknown German Key With Blue Hammertone Finish Another View of the Blue-Base Key Top View of the Blue-Base Key Recent Key by Morserholz






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