Here is a fine example of an older steel key from the New York Central Railroad. It was made as a skeleton type key to work the door of a caboose or passenger coach.
It is stamped NYC on one side of its bow and ADLAKE in large letters on the other. It is just under 4 inches long.
We believe this is an older key due to small manufacturing details -- please NOTE how the solid shaft tapers and is much thicker at the bit end, than it is where it leaves the bow. It clearly saw service, as all the edges are nicely rounded and smooth. The New York Central existed from 1914 until 1968.
Color and patina are very appealing. There are some surface discolorations but NO rust or other problems. There are NO twists or bends.
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