This is a fine brass switch lock and key set from the Pennsylvania Railroad. A good working set, the lock is dated 1913 on the shackle, around the Fraim company's keystone logo.
THE KEY is a knobby style in extremely nice condition with just the right amount of wear on its bit and barrel end. You'll notice immediately that it was nickel plated in the past -- the plating is mostly worn off to the original brass underneath, which perfectly matches the lock in deep, rich chestnut color. It is strongly stamped PRR on one side of its bow and serial number P3258 on the other. This was a standard key before it was plated - there is no trace of the engraved laurel leaves found on the rare plated presentation keys.
THE LOCK is an extremely nice example of these circa 1900 cast backs. The raised PRRCO letters are crisp and clear, standing out against a shield shape background. There are some bumps and dings from use but these add character. The internal spring is very strong: the drop bar over the keyhole resists being pushed aside and snaps shut hard when released. The clevis loop and pin are iron and are rusted tight together, BUT the pin is completely loose in the hole of the lock's tail so the clevis swings freely. There is no chain. If you want to pick an issue, there is some pitting on the top and underside of the clevis loop/pin.
A superb addition to any good collection of fancy cast railway padlocks and keys.
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