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Antique BC&MRR Boston Concord & Montreal Railroad Brass Bohannan Switch Lock & Key
Here is an antique switch lock from the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, a line very important in New Hampshire history, that existed only from 1844 until 1889. We can date this lock to between 1878 and 1889. It comes with a brass key and the two work very well together.
THE LOCK is heart-shape, and was made by Wilson Bohannan.The color has darkened to a black coffee color from age, and it has developed a very attractive patina. Tiny spots of bright brass peek through on edges where it has been rubbed. It is stamped BC&MRR on one side of its shackle. On the other side is stamped maker information, W BOHANNAN, BROOKLYN NY , with a patent date of June 25, 1878. The number 87 is Bohannan's model number for this particular style of padlock, which was popular with their railroad company clients. This lock is in good working condition and responds well to the key.
There are two issues: (1) The inner spring that holds the dustcover closed over the keyhole is disabled -- the dust cover swings freely to the left and will stay where you leave it, instead of resisting being moved. (2) There is rust on the iron clevis pin and clevis loop - BUT this is all original and likely you can free it by soaking. We DO NOT attempt to repair or clean our locks or keys. Also, there is the slightest, barely noticeable shallow depression on the top of the dustcover bar.
THE KEY is a new (1900s) replacement with little or no use, but it works very well with the lock, so you have a "using set." It is stamped BC&MRR on one side of its bow. There is no maker mark but it possibly may be Slaymaker, which made hundreds of overruns that became "new old stock" for many US railways.
HISTORY: The Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, which was chartered in 1844, lasted only until 1889, but was a major factor of economic growth in central and northern New Hampshire. It took four years before the main line between Concord and Laconia, NH was completed, and trackage finally reached Wells River, VT in 1853. This line played a significant role in establishing and boosting tourism. In 1889, the BC&M RR merged with the Concord Railroad, resulting in the formation of the Concord & Montreal Railroad.
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