This old switch lock from the Erie Railroad has darkened so much it looks nearly black, except for some golden high spots and edges. It comes with a very pretty Diamond-E logo key that works very well with it, but maybe significantly newer.
THE LOCK was made by the Fraim company. It has ERIE RR cast down the panel on the side opposite the keyhole. On the keyhole side, FRAIM PAT PD is stamped into the round shackle (meaning "patent pending" but there is no date). The mainspring is extremely strong - the dust cover fights back when you try to push it aside and then snaps back sharply over the keyhole when released.
Please note the "tail" of the clevis is not broken off, as they are on so many of this style of lock. The original clevis pin is also present. There is a loop of old wire that came with the lock and we are leaving it as found - the original chain is gone.
THE KEY displays wonderfully with a good strong Diamond-E logo stamp and ADLAKE both on the same side of its bow (nothing on the other side). It is a very appealing color, and has just the "right" amount of light wear, with just-barely-rounded bit edges and barrel end but NO damage. The maker mark suggests that it is not as old as the padlock, but it is the same cut and together they are a great working pair.
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