This is a big, heavy brass heart-shaped padlock from the Boston & Maine Railroad. It weighs just under one full pound and is locked shut. We do not have a key.
The lock is incised down the back panel B&MRR and is stamped WD (for "Western Division") on the shackle on the same side. On the other side it is stamped with its maker Wilson Bohannan's name and a patent date June 25 '78 (1878). The number 116 means it is Bohannan's model #116 padlock. A letter "C" stamped to the right should stand for "Car" meaning this is a boxcar lock.
CONDITION is extremely nice. The brass has darkened attractively. The internal spring is strong -- the dust cover over the keyhole resists being pushed aside and snaps back sharply when released. The clevis loop and pin are iron (possibly steel) but swing freely with no rust. The chain appears to be original. There are some light surface marks from use but nothing major.
Car locks are a unique area of railway lock collecting. Here is a good one from New England that would enhance any collection!
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