It sounds like you've been caught in a fraud. There are a few others I know
of that are certain frauds. Keys have been seriously faked since the mid
seventies. Of course if it's the same seller, could be they used the wrong
picture (giving the benefit of the doubt). Preferably keys should have
pocket wear, not worn out but a nice warm appearance of having been used.
Wear on the bit will be from turning in the lock, right to left as you look
down on the bit. Without a key in hand it's hard to define what to look for
and what to reject, if the price is more than you can afford to lose. There
are new NYO&W keys out there; unissued keys hitting the market after a road
closes are not uncommon; I have a box of CV keys from stores, when we
converted to S&G locks. I would never expect to see the same number.
There was an FJ&G key a while back with an oddly high number floating the
market. Someone eventually bought it. Only thing I can say about the key
market is be VERY careful before you spend a lot of money on one. Another
thing, generally: if there is no makers name on the key, steer clear no
matter how exciting the road initials are.
Pics of the FJ&G key above mentioned attached.
>From: "joseph Klapkowski" <riverlinejoe@...>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] Switchkeys
>Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 18:05:21 +0000
>A while back I purchased a NYO&W switchkey on ebay. The woman I bought it
>from said it belonged to her dad. It has a nice patina but appears never to
>have been used. Although it looks just like an Adlake key it does not have
>thier name on it. Well another key has just popped up on ebay and it has
>same number on the back as the one I bought 1320. I though these numbers
>were unique to each individual key. Am I mistaken or have I been the victim
>of a key replication?