This early iron lock is a fine example of a boxcar lock, from the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NYNH&HRR). It is in excellent working condition and a great display with a golden brass dust cover over the keyhole contrasting with the dark gray of its iron body. It comes with a correct key that works well with it. It has not been painted, as many have.
CONDITION: THE LOCK is extremely nice with clear, strongly cast NYNH&HRR letters on the body above the keyhole. It appears to be very clean and responds smoothly to the key without any problems. The dust cover swings freely (as it was made to do). The clevis is free. There are no dents, cracks or metal damage. There is just the slightest suggestion of surface rust around the clevis pin. This is one nice, old honest lock.
THE KEY is correct for this lock, and opens it easily. It is steel and in very good condition with all of the "shoe" bit intact and nothing broken. The only criticism is the finish is rough, we've removed some light rust but have not gotten the glossy surface back.
If you are familiar with these locks, you likely will realize that the keys are nearly impossible to find once they're separated from their locks. They look absolutely nothing like a railroad key of any kind -- they look like an ordinary cabinet key or even a skeleton key, but with a solid long bar, almost a "shoe," for a bit.
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