Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Accounts and keys, a symbol of the fitness of a woman to assume the care of a house.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    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 keye, meaning that at that age a woman knew what in her house should be kept under lock and key. 2 Inst. 203.