Here is a very good lock and key set from the Boston & Maine Railroad that was made by Wilson Bohannan. It is a nice pair that work well together. It dates from the latest 1920s into perhaps the 1930s or earliest 1940s.
THE KEY is brass and is stamped B&MRR on one side of its bow, on the other it is stamped with a serial number 42512 . It does not have a maker mark, but it's readily identifiable by the sloping "shoulders," one on each side of the barrel where it melds into the bow. It does show some light wear on the stamping, and has developed a very attractive brownish golden color. The bit edges and barrel end are nicely used.
THE LOCK is steel, with what must be the original chain. It works well with the key. It has an attractive shackle with nicely rounded edges and prominent pins. Its internal spring is strong -- the dust cover drop must be pushed to the side to see the keyhole, and it snaps shut on its own when released. This lock is stamped on the shackle with B&MRR, matching the key, along with the letter S (for "Switch"). Down the metal drop over the keyhole is stamped PAT APL'D FOR . On the back, the shackle is stamped with the Wilson Bohannan marking, Marion Ohio . This dates the lock to having been made after 1926, which is the year Bohannan's company moved to Ohio from their prior Brooklyn, New York lock.
The only issues we can find with this lock are that the clevis pin apparently is rusted, so the clevis loop is frozen in place. There is allover surface grunge and light bumps and dings from age and use. We do NOT polish or clean up our locks, but it certainly would look a little more cosmetically appealing, if you want to.
A fine set from one of the major railway operations in historical New England, the Boston & Maine was headquartered in Boston, Massachsetts. It ran through the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and into New York. Established in 1836, it survived for nearly 150 years until 1983, when it became part of what is now the Pan Am Railways Network.
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