Adams Rite aircraft key, pre-1940s.
Historic key, identified by Adams Rite
TWENTY YEARS AGO
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TEN YEARS AGO
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Unknown Adams Rite Key
An unknown key was discovered which contained an Adams-Rite logo. Adams-Rite offered the following information about the key:
"This key is from the days of the Adams Rite aircraft (now Adams Rite Aerospace) division. We believe these were used in 3/4" 'peanut' cylinders as this was the main type of cylinder used in the Adams Rite line until the early 1940s. It really shows the influence the aircraft business had on Adams Rite in general. After WWII, the glut of aluminum available after the war spawned the use of glass doors with aluminum frames, and Adams Rite had the capacity and skill to design narrow backset locks for this new medium.
Thanks for sharing the 'key' pictures. We do have one of these keys along with other great Adams Rite historical artifacts."