855. Methods of delivery.

Possession of ponderous goods and chattels in large quantities which cannot readily be transferred from hand to hand may be transferred by any transaction which effectually passes the control to the new possessor1, for example by handing over the key of a warehouse2 or of a plate chest3 in which the goods are stored, with the intention of transferring possession; but, as has been repeatedly observed, the delivery of a key does not have this effect unless it actually gives full control of the goods in question4. Hence, where it operates as delivery, it is, strictly speaking, not symbolic