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CONE AND KEY Definition & Legal Meaning

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In old English law. A woman at fourteen or fifteen years of age may take charge of her house and receive cone and key; that is, keep the accounts and keys. Cowell. Said by Lord Coke to be cover and, meaning that at that age a woman knew what in her house should be kept under lock and key. 2 Inst. 203


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