This railroad switch lock is steel and it is exceptionally clean. It is stamped A S RR CO on one of the shackle. On the other side is stamped its maker mark: W. M. BOHANNAN BROOKLYN, NY / PAT. JUNE 25, '79.
Please note: the "W" and part of the "M" in the Bohannan name are missing; likely they did not get stamped, there is no sign that they have been rubbed off. The '79 refers to 1879, which dates this lock to having been made between 1879 and 1926, which is the year Wilson M. Bohannan relocated to Marion, Ohio.
We are not sure which railroad company the "AS" refers to, as it could be one of a number of possibilities, but this is just such a nice, clean lock that displays beautifully. It would be fun to take it to train shows looking for an identified key, which would remove any doubt about which railway used the lock.
CONDITION is extremely good, all original with no rust and no problems. Its internal spring is very strong; the dust cover resists being slid aside and then when released, it sharply snaps back on its own over the keyhole . It would be a first rate addition especially to a collector who specializes in steel and iron keys and locks.
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