This switch lock and key set are from the Virginian Railway - from which "any" relics and memorabilia tend to be very scarce. It is a great set in fine working condition: the lock and key respond perfectly to each other, there are no missing or broken parts and except for cosmetic issues there is no damage. Both pieces are circa 1930 and may be the original pair but there is no way to confirm that.
THE LOCK is a fancy cast back style with VGN R'YCO in raised letters embossed on the back. The year 1931 is stamped into the shackle above the "V" but there is no manufacturer mark. It is in fine working condition, with nothing missing and nothing wrong. The dust cover spring is extremely strong: it resists being pushed aside, and snaps back sharply on its own when released. A steel clevis that appears original is attached with several links of old (probably original) chain. There is no rust on the pin and the loop swings freely.
IMPORTANT: The "speckled" look is strictly cosmetic. The "speckles" are tiny bumps and dings all over the lock from years of use. These spots look black against the golden color because a former owner polished the lock, but the polishing did not get into the depressions -- so they look black. Please note, this looks much better in real life than in pictures.
THE KEY is a brass hollow barrel and a perfect match. It is stamped VGN on one side of its bow. On the other side is stamped serial number 1213 and the FSHardware diamond logo mark. This logo was used in the 1930s era. We left it firmly fastened to the chain, as found. There is wear on the end of the barrel but absolutely NO cracks in the metal. There is slight wear on the bow, but all of the stamping is sharp and clear.