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SAL Seaboard Airline Railroad Steel and Brass Switch Lock & Key Set
This terrific lock and key set is from the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The lock was made by Adlake and the key by Fraim but they work fine together.
THE LOCK is steel with a round brass shackle. It comes with original brass chain. It is stamped SALRR on the back, above the patent number issued in the 1920s to the inventor of this type of lock. It is in very good condition with light surface bumps and dings documenting use, the expected surface grunge and some very light surface-only rust here and there. There are some remnants of old paint you can remove if you wish. The internal spring is very strong: the dust cover resists being slid off the key hole and snaps shut sharply when released. The number 460 stamped beside the key hole is a date code: this lock was manufactured during the fourth quarter (last three months) of the year 1960.
IMPORTANT: This was one of the locks in a collection we purchased recently. It responds to the key very well but does not "like" to close, probably due to gunk inside, and should respond much better with lubrication/cleaning. We do NOT clean our locks or keys!
THE KEY is significantly older than the lock, but is in fabulous condition. It is a terrific brass hollow barrel key with a prominent FRAIM banner logo that dates from before the 1940s. It is stamped SALRY on one side of its bow and has serial number 23046 stamped on the other. It's great with a superb darkening color and patina. The bit edges and barrel end are just nicely worn.
The Seaboard Air Line Railroad was an American railroad that ran from April 14, 1900 until July 1, 1967, when it merged with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, its longtime rival, to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. The company was headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, until 1958, when its main offices were relocated to Richmond, Virginia.
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