This larger size signal lock from the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad is an eye catching display with large impressed letters ROCK ISLAND LINES SIGNAL strongly impressed on one side and a fabulous deep golden brass color, with lots of patina.
Made by the Corbin Cabinet Lock Company of New Britain, CT it carries the full manufacturer information on the other side, including three patent dates: November 5, 1907, December 24, 1907 and April 12, 1909. Above the Corbin mark is stamped a letter A.
The key is a copy/reproduction, and it works with the lock but is a bit tricky. You must turn the key hard and pull on the shackle at the same time to open it.
This lock is HEAVY for its size, weighing 12.9 ounces -- over 3/4 pound. It appears to be very clean inside, complete with a weep hole. There are light signs of use, but nothing worse than a few surface bumps and dings.
The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was a Class I railroad in the United States, which ran from 1852 until 1980. It was also known as the Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, The Rock. It ran across a vast territory through the U. S. states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. The easternmost reach of the system was Chicago, and the CRI&P also reached Memphis, Tennessee. Westwardly, it reached Denver, Colorado, and Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Southernmost reaches were to Galveston, Texas, and Eunice, Louisiana, while in a northerly direction the Rock Island got as far as Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Rock Island - - "A Mighty Good Line" -- was made famous by a song written in 1929, and quite a few variations of it have been performed over the years by numerous artists including Lead Belly, Johnny Cash and Lonnie Donegan.
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