Here is a good matching lock and key set from the Illinois Central Railroad. Both pieces are stamped ICRR and are made by Adlake.
THE KEY is brass and shows very little if any wear. In addition to the ICRR marking on one side of its bow, ADLAKE is stamped lightly on the other. This is a good looking key with a big heavy bit cut. It is an attractive yellow brass color. There are some tiny flakes on the very end of the barrel that "are there" but will wear off with use.
THE LOCK comes with original chain. It is a great steel color, not quite shiny from just a bit of use. There is a little bit of surface grunge but not much. The internal spring is extremely strong - the dust cover strongly resists being pushed aside and snaps shut hard over the keyhole when released. PLEASE NOTE this lock works very stiffly (my husband can open it) and we would suggest lubricating it (but it looks GREAT for display). WE DO NOT CLEAN our locks.
The patent number on the back of the body is the one issued in the 1920s to the inventor of this type of padlock.
We cannot date these pieces, but will suggest they are from nearer the end of service on the Illinois Central, which was taken over by the Canadian National Railway in 1998.
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