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Brass New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Pancake Lock
Here is a brass pancake lock from the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad. We can date it to having been made between 1902 and 1914. It was made by the Miller Lock Company. We do not have a key for it.
This lock is a 2-pins, 6-lever push key padlock. On the face appears NYC&HRR CO in raised letters rising from a pebbled background. Size is 2-1/4 inches across and approximately 1/2 inch thick.
It has a very attractive patina with a good color, having deepened to a rich, almost cocoa brown with bright brass peeping through in places.
On the left side edge is stamped production information, including Miller trade office recording information, that likely includes U.S. patent dates of 7-26-70, 10-21-73 and 3-11-02. We verified these patent dates through the example of this lock that appears on the website of one of the country's highly respected antique padlock authorities.
However, because much of this stamping has been worn away/illegible, we are dating it to between 1902 and 1914, when the NYC&HRRR was operating. It ceased to exist in 1914 when a reorganization/merger created the New York Central Railroad.
CONDITION is very good with signs of use. There are all-over surface bumps and dings, the worst being an impression at the top of the "YC" in the stamping on the face. This lock is solidly sound and tight, there is no hint of it being loose or sloppy. All pins, front and back are 100% sound and solid. Clearly it has never been tampered with.
Authentic old railway pancake locks are very difficult to find in any condition. This one would be a fine addition to any collection.
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