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  1. #1
    oaktree

    Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Hey there I am new to the site but I have been an avid metal detectorist for 9 years in middle tennessee im a member of the Midd Tennessee Metal detector club I am at the meeting every month. I dont get online much but, I will try and check back as much as I can. Well here are a few of my finds of late I hope someone knows more info about them.


  2. #2
    TreasureTales

    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Welcome oaktree. Nice to have you aboard. Do your locks have any markings or names or patent dates on them? They're nice!

  3. #3
    oaktree

    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    The only markings I have found are the ones on the key cover on the left lock, it looks like a (W8 co.) or a (WS c.). or something to that effect.
    Thanks for the reply

  4. #4
    TreasureTales

    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Could the lock on the left be for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company (WSCo.)? Do you live in Wisconsin or Illinois? That's were that railroad operates. The other lock looks like Mickey Mouse in a way. LOL

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    us
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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Could it be possibly W&C Wellsboro & Corning RR?

    http://en.allexperts.com/e/w/we/well...g_railroad.htm

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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Oak T,

    welcome to the board; hope we will be
    seeing a lot more of your finds.

    Neat lock.

    have a good un.............................
    SHERMANVILLE
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    Charter Member

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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Welcome, Oaktree!

    These aren't railroad locks but wrought iron lever locks— collectors call them "smokehouse locks" or "smokies"— and probably around 100-150 years old. Both are listed in Franklin M. Arnall's book, The Padlock Collector, Sixth Edition.

    The one on the left has "W & Co." on the drop (keyhole cover), which identifies the maker as Wilcox & Company (a.k.a. William Wilcox & Company) of Middletown, CT, c. 1845-75; later, from 1875 to 1910, the firm was known as the William Wilcox Manufacturing Company.

    As far as I can determine, the maker of the lock with the ornate brass bushing (right) remains unknown.

    Arnall values the Wilcox lock at $5, and the other lock at $25.


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    Ant
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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)



    It looks like the key is broken off in the Mickey Mouse looking lock.
    Nice locks.

    HH

  9. #9
    oaktree

    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Thank you all very much for your replys. I dont know if you could notice but I used reverse electrolysis to clean the locks off. All you need is a battery charger and a piece of stainless steel and a bucket of water and some arm and hammer laundry detergent. I wish I had a pic of what they looked like before I used my cleaning method on them they were not recognizable. Thanks again for the replys

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    monty

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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Welcome! Railroad switch locks often have the name of the Railway on them somewhere. Like this one I found. Monty
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  11. #11
    us
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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Similiar looking locks can be found at http://www.charleslocksmith.com/PadlockParadise.htm. They have a few railroad locks and have prices that they sell them for. I saw locks that looked close to both your locks on that site.
    D.L. Bean

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    Re: Railroad Lock (new to site)

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK
    Welcome, Oaktree!

    These aren't railroad locks but wrought iron lever locks— collectors call them "smokehouse locks" or "smokies"— and probably around 100-150 years old. Both are listed in Franklin M. Arnall's book, The Padlock Collector, Sixth Edition.

    The one on the left has "W & Co." on the drop (keyhole cover), which identifies the maker as Wilcox & Company (a.k.a. William Wilcox & Company) of Middletown, CT, c. 1845-75; later, from 1875 to 1910, the firm was known as the William Wilcox Manufacturing Company.

    As far as I can determine, the maker of the lock with the ornate brass bushing (right) remains unknown.

    Arnall values the Wilcox lock at $5, and the other lock at $25.
    Great ID as always PBK...

 

 

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