View Poll Results: what era was this piece manufactured?

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    mystery solved, thanks!

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    btt

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    No serial # ?

    Probably be hard to date without one.
    Does it work? Can you actually lock up your valuables inside?
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    seriel numbers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maj.Nick Danger
    Probably be hard to date without one.
    Does it work? Can you actually lock up your valuables inside?
    the seriel numbers must have worn away?

    I also searched for DIAMOND MFG. CO KANSAS CITY MO
    and it must have gone out of business years ago, because it doesnt exist anymore.

    this is the part that goes in a floor safe, it's not the safe itself, this is like a safety deposit box that slides down into a floor safe and gets locked inside, it makes it easier to get your valuables by lifting this piece out by the carry handle located at the top.

    this item probably came from some old business that was torn down

    it may also be from the Railroad business? because I noticed the seller had some old tools and lanterns used by railroad workers

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    A locksmith or a safe store might be able to give you some leads - they usually know when one company got taken over by some other company or conglomerate and may be able to point you to the new company, or might even know the age of the safe themselves.

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    Have you tried calling this place?

    http://www.diamondmfg.com/

    I don't know if it's the same company or not, but they sell similar products, and they're from Kansas City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serial Hero
    Have you tried calling this place?

    http://www.diamondmfg.com/

    I don't know if it's the same company or not, but they sell similar products, and they're from Kansas City.
    I called them and they said they never made a brass safe like I described, so it must of been made by a different maker with a similiar name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green papaya
    the seriel numbers must have worn away?
    or the numbers were ground off after a heist?

    Who did ye talk to at the company? I have too much experience of talking to reception flunkies that don't actually know anything to believe what i'm told on the phone. Of course if you made sure to talk to somone who'd know, my point is moot.

    Nice safe, anyway ...

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    Smile it's a fare box

    I figured out what this thing was originally used for, it's an old fare box the brass pin hanging on the chain is used for holding the trap door open so the money can fall inside, this piece was most likely used by the rail road for depositing the fare from the train passengers, or possibly fare for the ferry boat or something like that.

    since the seller was also selling old rail road related items like lanterns, tools, etc. Im pretty sure this was used by the old rail road / passenger trains for fare

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    Maybe you should try calling them again. See if you could talk with someone else, maybe send them the photos. Same company name, same city, same product. Their web site said they have been manufacturing fare boxes since the 40's.

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