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Do You Have A Church Key ?

Do You Have A church Key?

 

 

A church key is a kind of bottle or can opener initially referred to as a small metal device for prying the caps off of glass bottles.

 

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In 1935, cans of beer with flat tops needed this device to puncture the lids.  

One end is for bottles and the other for cans.

Even though this item was invented by D.F. Sampson in 1898, it was not called a church key until the 1950's. 

 

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Church Keys Margaret Rome

 

 

 While celebrating the 40th anniversary with some very special friends and former clients, I remembered the church keys in their previous house in Baltimore's Hunting Ridge

 

I  am still fascinated by their extensive collection. 

Today I saw these church keys all hanging together in the kitchen of their new home.

Just wondering...

 

 

 Do You Have A church Key?

 

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Comment balloon 23 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • August 29 2015 04:37PM

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Yes I do!  I have several in fact but not as many as is in the photo.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 3 years ago

Judi K Barrett This is such an impressive collection and conversation starter.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

I do have a church key. Kind of a holdover from the past. Have a number of them and still use them occasionally.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 3 years ago

Margaret- I must have at least 4! What's funny is that neither one of us drinks beer.  And, I had not heard it called that in years!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

Margaret - yes indeed I do.  I am sure I have a real collection if I looked.  We still need them for imported beer.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Grant Schneider You could always take your collection and frame them. 

Kathy Streib  These church keys were a topic of conversation today at the party.

Bill Reddington Enjoy using them.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

I do and I keep it in the kitchen window sill over the sink. It belonged to my grandmother. I thought of her today when I used it to pry the lid off a jar of candied jalapenos I opened with the bottle opener side. I put candied jalapenos on top of deviled eggs for 5th Sunday fellowship lunch tomorrow. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford Your comment would make a good post along with a photo of the deviled eggs. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your lunch.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

I remember people calling a can opener a "Church Key" Margaret. Kids now would have no idea.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 3 years ago

Noah Seidenberg Guess this post is not for the kids. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Have not heard that expressionin a long time...probably due to twist tops !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

I do, but bottles seem to be coming twist top. I still need one to open chicken broth when cooking. I.m sure soon that will be pop top.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI (Windermere/lane county) about 3 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Twist tops...not need for church keys.

Rob D. Shepherd Chicken broth now comes in cardboard boxes.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Hi Margaret-I do not have one but it sure brought childhood memories of those flat topped cans!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 3 years ago

Marco Giancola Glad it brought back memories. Good luck on your 500K point goal.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Hello Margaret ... very interesting post, great photos and I threw all my Church Keys away 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 3 years ago

I don't know if I have one or not, but I have seen them.  Why are they called church keys though?  Beer isn't consumed in church, is it?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 3 years ago

Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz Maybe my friend has some of your discards on her wall.

Brian England And maybe It was because the earlier ones looked like the big church keys. Good question.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

What a wonderful collection! 

And yes, I do have one. My husband keeps it on top of the refrigerator to open his cans of tomato juice. I steal it to use when the lid does't want to come loose on home-canned fruits and veggies. 

We also have one mounted on the wall out in the shop, just in case someone wants to open a "real" bottle. My neighbor uses it for his beer. He said that when his wife died much too young he decided that he would no longer live life on the cheap, saving for tomorrow. So now he refuses to drink anything with a twist-top. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 3 years ago

Marte Cliff  Youu can your own fruits and veggies!  That's impressive. Love how you share your shop's church key. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Margaret - I only can things I can't buy in the store - like dilly beans, pickled beets, and peaches that taste far better than any I can purchase. One year I canned a whole lot of carrots and I do tomatoes when I have a good crop. That hasn't happened lately, however. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 3 years ago

Marte Cliff Do not know about dilly beans and still impressed wiht your canning.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

Dilly beans are just garlic dill pickles - but made with green beans. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 3 years ago

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