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Brass Baggage Tag from the CPRR. These brass tags were issued
so a customer could keep track of their luggage — made of brass and debossed
with CENTRAL PACIFIC RR, 20416, LOCAL, this tag is 1 3/8" wide and 2" tall
and was dug from the mud in the San Francisco Bay area. Original
patina with some oxidation, this was not cleaned except to use a toothbrush
to remove heavy chunks of mud and oxidation. More info in Bill &
Sue Knous's book "Railroadiana" Page 18.
Courtesy Anonymous Donor.
Carl Johansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes on December 26, 2008:
Dug this while detecting here in Denver earlier this year. Sold at a railroad Auction house, thought you might want a photo for your archives. ... If it wasn't for your and other detecting sites, I wouldn't have known anything about it's rarity or historic value. Was told that it's the only one known to exsist. Made some Railroad buff real happy.
UPRR-CPRR baggage tag
Courtesy of Carl Johansen.
Also see, Hoole and Wilcox tags.