Here is a good brass lock from the Boston & Maine Railroad. It is stamped B&MRR on one side of the shackle. On the opposite side is stamped maker Wilson Bohannan's mark, along with the number 115 which is the stock number for this type of lock, that was made for heavy duty use.
The key has no markings at all.
Condition is excellent - it works well with the key. The internal spring is strong: the dust cover resists being pushed to the side and snaps back over the keyhole when released. The clevis pin is rust free and the loop swings freely. The chain appears to be original.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a small hole drilled completely through the shoulder of the lock and the shackle. This must have been a security precaution of some sort, to prevent tampering. It does no damage, but it's a part of this lock's history.
The Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M), was a former U.S. Class I railroad in northern New England, that ran through the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, it was chartered in 1835. The B&M flourished with the growth of New England's mill towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but still faced financial struggles. After decades of ups and downs, mergers and at least one bankruptcy, the B&M was purchased by Timothy Mellon's Guilford Transportation Industries.
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