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 Austrian Camelback. Note the Coiled Spring Instead of a Strap Spring Common on Later Keys Rear View of the Austrian Camelback Showing the Spring Very Early German Camelback, Ca. 1860's. Close-up of the Contact & Spring
Small Austrian Camelback Key. Ca. 1870 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 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 Cigar Cutter Key Close-Up of the Cutting Blades
Very Small German Camelback Key Holding the Camelback Key in the Hand to Show its Small Size Another Interesting German Camelback Key Small Cast Iron Camelback. Probably a "dummy" key used for code practice since it has no connections for wires.
Another version of the "dummy" key 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 or Dutch Key. (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 Another German Key With a Tall Knob. Maker Unknown 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
The Maus Key was Also Made with a Brown Bakelite Cover 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
Lorenz Type T 17a Close-Up of the Lorenz T 17a Nameplate 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 the 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 Small German Military Key. Maker Unknown. Probably Used in a Military Field Set
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 Telefunken Type FuG7 The Telefunken FuG7 With the Cover Removed
Unknown German Military Key Top View of the German Military Key German Radio Key by Paul Gottschalk, Munich Close-Up of the Gottschalk Nameplate
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
  Recently Made Key by Morserholz    






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