This is a really nice Railroad related collectible.
The Lafayette Car Works was founded at Lafayette Indiana in January 1880 by a group of entrepreneurs reportedly led by a Benjamin Masten of Indianapolis. It was capitalized at $150,000 and took over a 10-acre factory complex formerly occupied by the Lafayette Agricultural Works. The buildings were adapted to the needs of car building and the works was soon doing a fine business. In the Fall of that year the works built 606 coal cars for the Ohio Central Railroad.
This is the tin locking money box from that company. Fair condition with paint loss dents and wear from use and age. Displays well with hand painted lettering and a great overall look. Missing key, but unlocked. Measures approximately 16" across by 11" wide by 7" tall.
I am showing it with another 19th century tin lock box to illustrate it's larger size and how nicely it displays. That other box is also available for sale in our shop under a separate listing.
Early 1800's LaFayette Car Works Tin Locking Money Box