This is a switch lock and key set from the Rutland Railroad. Both are made by Adlake, and they work well together.
THE KEY: Stamped RRR on one side of its bow, which is one of the correct marks for the Rutland Railroad (of Vermont). On the other side is stamped ADLAKE and serial number 1780 . There is little to no wear on this key, but it is authentic. We are not sure why the surface is rough -- perhaps poorly finished at the foundry? Please look at our pictures. The surface of the RRR side of the bow is ground smooth in some places but not others. The barrel is sound and straight but the striations around it created by tooling at the foundry are sharp and unworn. We are guessing it is likely New Old Stock, ordered but never put in service.
THE LOCK: Genuine Rutland, and very helpful because it offers positive proof that the key is an authentic Rutland.This lock is steel and made by Adlake, with the name down the dust cover in script letters. On the back of the body is stamped RUTLAND, above a patent number issued in the 1920s to the inventor of this type of lock (and having nothing to do with the Rutland Railroad). The internal spring is very strong, and the dust cover drop snaps back shut on its own after being released, when you push it away from the keyhole.
IMPORTANT: The lock is just a little bit stiff from age and lack of use. It could be improved with lubrication, but we DO NOT clean our locks and keys!
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