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Antique B&MRR Boston & Maine Railroad Brass Incised Panel Switch Lock and Key Set
Here is a terrific matching lock and key set from the Boston & Maine Railroad that dates from the later 1800s - earlier 1900s. Both pieces were made by Wilson Bohannan and both are approximately the same age. They work extremely well together, with the lock responding smoothly and cleanly to the key.
THE LOCK is a brass heart shape with B&MRR incised into a flat panel on one side. On the other side, the shackle is stamped W.BOHANNAN BROOKLYN NY above PAT.JUNE 25 1878. (The actual patent number on this lock is 205171.) Just below the "UNE" in June is the top of what would be a number 115, Bohannan's model number for this style of lock. On the body is incised Bohannan's large WB initials trademark.
This lock is in fine condition. Its internal spring is very strong: the dust cover resists being slid to the side and then sharply snaps closed over the keyhole on its own. The steel clevis loop is perfect. The ONLY issue we have is that the iron clevis pin is frozen - which almost certainly can be rectified by a simple soaking to free it up.
THE KEY is brass, a great old key with a ring around its barrel and just the right amount of use with NO metal damage. It is stamped B&MRR on one side of the bow. On the other side is stamped W.BOHANNAN BROOKLYN NY matching the lock. There is also an "S" stamped denoting this is a switch key. Adding interest is the ED also stamped, meaning Eastern Division.
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