This brass switch key from the Southern Railway is double marked. On one side of its bow is stamped SO.RY. and on the other it is stamped SR just above the end of the barrel.
Note there is no maker mark on this key, but we confirmed the bit cut in our American Railways Switch Key Directory, and in our Johnson railroad key identification guide. (The Johnson example also carries an SR on the opposite side of the bow.)
CONDITION is very good, with attractive color and good patina. It does have slight wear on both sides of the barrel where it meets the bow (usually caused by adjacent keys on a ring). There is just the right amount of wear with the bit edges and barrel end all nicely rounded off.
IMPORTANT - please note this is NOT a tapered barrel key. SEE OUR LAST PICTURE -- wear on the top has caused a shallow depression, where the barrel joins the bow. It's surface and cosmetic only, but it is "there" and the top of the barrel is not perfectly straight.
ALSO - note on the SR, there is surface tarnish. We have NOT attempted to do anything with this. We do not clean our brass keys or other metal items.
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