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. (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 One More German I-Beam Key
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 German Strap Key by Groos & Graf, 1898
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
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 German Postal Style Key That is Actually a Cigar Cutter !! Another View of the Cigar Cutter Key Another Interesting German Camelback Key
Small Cast Iron Camelback Unknown Key, Possibly German 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 German Postal Style Key With a Circuit Closer, Which Appears to be Original
Postal Key With Double Contacts Another More Elaborate Version of the Double Contact Key Close-Up of the Double Front 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 Another Key with Double Adjustment Springs
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 Type M-99 by Schuchhardt. 1918 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, Made by TKP. Used by the Luftwaffe as a Training Key
The Maus Key With the Cover Open Another Version of the TKP "Maus" Key. This Version Was Used in German Tanks During WW2 The Maus Key With the Cover Open 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 Widmaier, Munich Inside the Widmaier 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 Unknown German Military Key Top View of the German Military Key East German Army Type MT-50 by Funkwerk Kopernick
Close-up of the Funkwerk Kopernick Key. "Enstort" Means the Key Has an interference Suppression Filter Inside the MT-50 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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