Tirling pin

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From Old Scottish Mint, South Gray's Close, Edinburgh

Postcard of Tirling pin.
© National Museums Scotland

Tirling pin

Turling pins were fitted on town house doors. They consisted of a ring and a serrated rod, along which the ring could be rattled. This 17th-century example is from the door of the Old Scottish Mint in South Gray's Close in Edinburgh. It is made of iron.

Tirling pin from the door of the Old Scottish Mint, South Gray's Close, Edinburgh

In the late 16th century, coins started to be struck in Edinburgh's Cowgate and a complex of mint buildings grew up at the foot of South Gray's Close. The Scottish mint remained there until the last Scottish coins were struck in 1709.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-493-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MJ 112
Date: 17th century
Dimensions: 295 mm H; 70 mm Dia (Ring)
What: Pin, tirling
Subject: Locks, keys, etc. (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (South Gray's Close, Old Scotti
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