This nice key is stamped NYCRR on one side of its bow. On the other is stamped a number 24 (note the 4 is sideways), a letter S and a large ADLAKE, its maker.
The size of the Adlake mark dates this key to having been made before World War II.
It has terrific patina with a burnished golden brass color and is beautifully smooth from pocket wear and "finger polish." It stands out from a group of New York Central keys, and we like it a lot.
BACKGROUND: The New York Central Railroad existed between 1914 and 1968. This earlier key likely dates from the earlier time when the railroad called itself New York Central Lines. In 1935 that changed to New York Central Systems -- but with the stamping saying NYCRR (instead of NYCL or NYCS) we can't positively pinpoint its age.
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