This key from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad appears to be New Old Stock (NOS). We have confirmed it is authentic by the bit cut, and it displays wonderfully, but it shows little to no use.
Stamped BURLINGTON ROUTE all the way around the bow on one side, and ADLAKE on the other. The color is attractive golden brass.
This key most likely was one of a group ordered near the time the CB&QRR went out of business in 1970, and escaped being used. (Even if that is the case, that makes it nearly a half century old!)
We think it would be a great start for a young collector!
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