This is a terrific key from the New York Central Railroad dating from the earliest years of the 20th century, when the New York Central called itself "New York Central Lines."
On one side of its bow, It is clearly stamped with an oval Adams & Westlake oval shape hallmark, which dates it to approximately 1900 - 1920. On the same side is a huge serial number 1961 and the letter S for "switch." On the other side of the bow it is stamped N.Y.C.R.R.
Condition is lovely with just the right amount of wear on its barrel end and bit edges. It is a beautiful golden color. There is some slight wear on the sides of the barrel where it meets the bow and on the very top of the NYCRR stamp.
The only fault we can find is a tiny "slot" apparently made in the very top of the bow, which has no effect except being cosmetic. Did a railroad worker owner file it in, to make it fast and easy to find this particular key on his ring ?
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