Reimagined Components: Vintage "E69777" Key with lighting bolt and dice. Strung on 26" 3mm Gun metal box chain.
1888's Take: I couldn't help but read the stamped letters/#'s (E69777) on this key as "Easy 69 Getting Lucky". The symbolism of the 777 and how it represents luck and being in perfect synchronicity with the universe as well as the frisky sexy nature of the 69, I just knew this key had to be paired with some fun symbols of superstition and luck. The lighting bolt was for love as well as the saying "lighting in a bottle" and a Die for all the history that that symbol contains in being an equalizing for many of our games of chance. So, wear this necklace as a talisman of good luck wherever it is that you're looking to get lucky.
As a symbol dice represent luck and a chance for something more. We kiss the dice or blow on them to get them to fall the way we need. We’ll hold them to our chest and close our eyes to influence the way they will land…whether you believe these superstitions will have an effect doesn’t matter what matters is that we believe in that moment that we have some say in what is fundamentally a probabilistic universe. The observer effect as stated in quantum physics roughly says that nothing is decided or formed until the object is observed by a perceiving consciousness, so it sounds to me that we do have some say in creating a bit of our own luck.
Dice have at least 5000 thousand years of history as an equalizing tool of recreation. They were found carved from the knuckle bones of cloven-hoofed animals such as sheep, goats or cattle or made from rectangular sticks carved for ancient games of chance. In 1333 BCE Tutankhamen’s tomb was found to contain many board games and knuckle bone dice.
“The sharp crackle and hiss of a lightning strike, and the great rumble and overtaking boom of its proceeding thunder holds a special place in my heart…I remember hiding from an August storm in an old metal drainage tube with my first love when we were just kids, watching the bluish-purple and hot white bolts of lightning slam down into the earth…. counting the seconds between the flash and the drawn-out rumble of its thunder…this would tell us how far away the storm was…at first, there was about 3 seconds between strike and sound, meaning the storm about was about three miles away…the shorter the space between the bolt and crash, the closer it was! Eventually, it was right on top of us…the rain pelting the metal pipe that we were hiding in with a frantic excitement…my heart beat fast and hard and I felt like I could feel a rushing pulse in her hands as we clasped tightly to each other. Eventually, the storm passed and I walked her home…giving her what I would find out later was her very first kiss, then I said goodnight and walked home over the wet grass.”
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure or secrets or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
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