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The Key


The Key

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(behind the scenes image provided by Jess)

The following are photographs of one of the actual key props used in the miniseries. They were obtained directly from Christopher Leone and Laura Harkcom by a member of the collectors, Ghinius Sahalin. According to Christopher Leone, several key props were used in the miniseries. However, analysis of screen caps reveals no significant deviation from this sample:

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The key is seen throughout the miniseries and is the pivotal object. It can open any pin tumbler lock, giving immediate access to room 10 of the Sunshine Motel. With the key in one’s possession, the door of room 10 can be opened to any door in the world.

The key consists of three parts.

The first part is a typical hot stamped key fob. It is burgundy colored with yellow print. The print includes the Sunshine Motel logo with the word "MOTEL", followed by the designation “ROOM 10”.

The second part is a primitive brass key ring, crimped closed to secure the key and the fob.

The third part is a dull silver colored door key. The key is apparently a hybrid created by attaching the bow of a brass colored Niessen 612A to the blade of a Schlage 1307W or Schlage SC22. Both parts have been coated to give them a uniform silver color.

Christopher Leone, one of the shows three writers, has said that he does not believe the key was created in this manner. However, the physical evidence is overwhelming. The seam where the two parts are joined is clearly visible. A Niessen 612A key as well as a diagram of a Niessen 612A key have been found. The found key is brass and has a different style of blade than the key in the show. The diagram has the same style of blade as the key that has been found. Another key is known to be in the possession of trekclassic that’s image is not available. However, he has reported that it requires a different blade in order to be like the key in the miniseries. Finally, a member of The Collectors, jbange, who is an actual locksmith, has confirmed that the key was made by welding the blade of a Schlage wafer key to the bow a Niessen.

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The key fob and a suitable ring can be obtained from &ssPageName=STRK:MEFSX:SELLERID]trekclassic, who occasionally sells them on eBay. To obtain the key, you can substitute a similar vintage key or attempt to make one by repeating the steps of the original prop makers. Niessen 612A keys show up on eBay about every 3 months. Trekclassic has announced that he intends to create an accurate facsimile of the key. Collectors worldwide anxiously await the unveiling of this new production.

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never would have figured a hybrid. a bit extensive for such a simple object. i'd have just gone to a key rack, and picked up a $1 vintage looking one, and been done, LOL

props to the Prop master... haha

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Well i think they did but the key didn't fit in the hole so they modified it instead of grabbing another key


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I plan on adding the complete argument for how we know the key is a hybrid.

Incidentally, G, this catalogue I am making is not a replacement for the other one we are working on. I see this as a dry run to write descriptions, assemble ideas, and work out kinks so that we can breeze right through the other. The real catalogue will be easy after we have a working model.

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ya i figured that was what you were doing i am glad to see you working on this im still putting togeather the comic con webpage and stuff. but very glad to see you got this down.

Kepp up the great work !!!

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Several Niessen 612A keys have been found? Where was I when this happed?

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quote:

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Several Niessen 612A keys have been found? Where was I when this happed?


Chuckles, trekclassic, and yourself. Also, the diagram Chuckles posted makes it pretty clear what the specifications of the 612A are.

We could pick the knit, but the consensus is clear. If you prefer, I will say that “three” Niessen 612A’s and a diagram have been found.

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Treckclassic found one, or are you just saying he's going to make one? And I always saw several as 3 to 6 but what it really means is more than 2 but not many. You don't have to change it. emoticon

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Trekclassic found one.

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Has he posted a picture?

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