This lock and key set is from the Monongahela Railway. We confirmed the key cut in several of our books to distinguish it from other "MRY" railway operations.
THE KEY is stamped MRY on one side of its bow. On the other side is stamped ADLAKE along with what appears to be T1516. It is in excellent condition with just the right amount of wear, and is an attractive golden color with good patina.
THE LOCK is steel, and is stamped MRY on the back of the body. The number 450 beside the key hole means it was made during the fourth quarter of the year 1950. The patent number that is stamped below was issued in the 1920s to the inventor of this type of lock. There is light surface rust overall but surface-only. It works well with the key but is just a bit stiff. The internal spring is strong; the dust cover resists being pushed to the side and snaps back shut over the keyhole when released.
FROM WIKIPEDIA: The Monongahela Railway was a coal-hauling short line railroad in Pennsylvania and West Virginia in the United States, chartered in 1900. It was jointly controlled originally by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the New York Central subsidiary Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, with the NYC and PRR later merged by the government in 1968 to become Penn Central Transportation. The company operated its own line until it was merged into the Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) on May 1, 1993. The headquarters and base of operation were at Brownsville, Pennsylvania.
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