A good switch padlock from the Union Railroad in working condition, complete with original chain.
This lock is stamped URR CO on the back of the body. The patent number is one that was issued in the 1920s to the inventor of this type of lock. The maker ADLAKE is in raised letters on the dust cover. ALL original.There is darkening / surface grunge and some LIGHTEST surface rust on the body that should clean off easily if you like. There are a few bumps and shallow marks from use. The dust cover spring is very strong, the cover resists being pushed to the side and snaps back sharply over the keyhole when released.
The key is brass. It is stamped URR on one side of its bow. It opens the lock well, but the lock mechanism inside is a bit stiff, likely from lack of use (and we do NOT oil or clean any of the locks we sell). There is no other stamping on the key, and it appears to have little if any wear. It may well be a "New Old Stock" that Slaymaker is well known for having made for a number of railroads.
We verified this keyhole/key cut which is shown in BOTH our American Railways directory and in our Don Stewart book; it is definitely the "Union Railroad. "
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