Info ANTIQUE white city puzzle safe "TIME LOCK" iron bank ANTIQUE cast iron puzzle bank; White City Time Lock Puzzle Safe #326 made by Nicol & Co. Another awesome item from our client who is liquidating an attic full of incredible vintage and antique stuff - from 1960's toys and comics , to sewing collectibles to railroad and other memorabilia - this guy has COOL stuff ! Check back often as we liquidate this estate!
You are bidding on a great ANTIQUE cast iron puzzle bank; White City Time Lock Puzzle Safe #326 made by Nicol & Co. in Chicago pre-1900. The rust color you see in the photos is actually more like light oxidation - it is completely surface and will clean off. This bank is in GREAT condition - aside from the oxidation, t are no problems at all. The door moves freely on the hinge - and all parts are present. I'm not sure what the "puzzle" is on this one - seems as though it's just a screw!
Nicol & Co. of Chicago made cleverly designed, sturdy banks. They were called "puzzle" banks because they were difficult to open without knowing the trick involved. The company used the brand name "White City Savings" for several of its bank designs. T was no real White City Bank the name was taken from the nickname for the midway at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago .
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