This good key from the "Nickel Plate" -- the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad -- shows some use but displays very well with great color and a strong NKP stamping. On the other side of the bow is stamped the maker ADLAKE and a serial number, at least two digits of which have been rubbed away by "finger polish" : 120___3
It is a heavier key made for a lock with a larger pin.
The barrel end and bit edges are nicely rounded from use and at the top of the barrel where it meets the bow, slightly flat areas were caused by rubbing against adjacent keys on a ring. There are a few surface marks from use, with noticeable bumps into the metal on the serial number side (SEE PICTURE).
FROM WIKIPEDIA: The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad operated in the mid-central United States. Commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, it served a large area, including trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Its primary connections included the cities of Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo.
Constructed in 1881 along the south shore of the Great Lakes to connect Buffalo and Chicago as competition with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, the Nickel Plate ran for many years, until 1964, when along with several other mid-western carriers, it was merged into the larger Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W).
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"Nickel Plate" Railroad Brass Key NYC&StL Railway New York, Chicago & St. Louis
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