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  • Sold Date: Sep 04, 2008
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"SECURITY SAFE DEPOSIT" No. 3, cast iron safe bank. Keyser & Rex c. 1888. Painted black with gold accents. Seven pieces. 4 3/4"H, 3 3/4"W, 3 3/4"D. Listed in Iron Safe Banks , 1991, a publication of the SBCCA as No. 34. This bank has the earlier 1 dial combination lock. The lock is in excellent working condition. The combination is: Right 2E, Left 2D. The bank has the traditional patented Keyser & Rex money guard which, according to the catalog "will make the abstraction of money an impossibility". Faint impressed PAT MAR 1 87 on one swinging plate. The patented Keyser & Rex money guard has two swinging plates below the coin slot and a U shaped cast iron piece under and parallel to the coin slot. Coins can not be inserted straight down (they will be blocked by the U shaped piece) but must be moved toward the front or back to fall down into this bank. This aspect of the money guard is very important in Keyser & Rex banks which have a vertical coin slot and that have two upper drawers because of course the coin can not go straight down (it would hit the side of a drawer) but must be moved left or right to fall into one of the drawers.

Embossed on the bottom of this bank: 200 PAT.FEBY. 15 88 MAR.1 87. Impressed on bottom: 3

Excellent condition. All original including hinge pins. No breaks, repairs cracks, repairs or defects of any kind. See photos for paint condition.

NOTE: The FEBY. 15 88 patent date is incorrect. No patents were issued that date. Perhaps should have been FEBY. 15 81, Patent No. 237757 issued to Keyser, Rex and Hunter for the unique Keyser & Rex separate door plate or frame construction found on this bank (that is why t are seven pieces on this bank rather than the traditional 6). The MAR. 1 87 patent is for Toy Safe patent No. 358697 issued to Alfred C. Rex for the design of the money guard. Full US Patent Office Drawings and Specifications for both of these patents are available by doing a Google search under "Advanced Patent Search", then at the next screen click on Advanced Patent Search, then on the next screen type in the patent number at the appropriate space and click on Google Search in the upper right corner, then on the next screen click on Toy Safe to view the patent.

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