The majority of these keys for sale are what called railway switch keys that belonged to padlock looking locks. It was common to secure various parts of the engine, switches and other employee facilities and rooms only accessible by rail employees. I really love these little historic keys that typically measures 1"-2" (usually less than 2"). We also carry larger keys, like oilers and room keys. These type of keys are skeleton type keys that are heavier and measure anywhere from 2.5"-3.5" , sometimes larger. At lovingkeys, we carefully curate our collection so that we have smaller-medium type keys, matching pairs or more whenever possible, and keys that may express your individuality. If you are in the market for larger railroad keys, we have those as well.
The entire idea behind lovingkeys.com, is to find and authenticate special antique keys, some in matching pairs or more, so that couples and even an entire family may wear each others' "key to their heart". We also have beautiful single keys for those who want to express their personality, or for the browsing collector that just wants to pick up a new piece. They make great personal, holiday, milestone and wedding gifts. All our keys have historical information in the description, you may have a connection perhaps, to a key from a certain area that the rail serviced; this can make the gift extra special.