Sargent & Greenleaf, Rochester New York -
A. Sargent and Greenleaf as well as most other time lock makers
made fancy name plates for their devices. Sometimes these would be quite decorative as
were many aspects of the time locks and the vault door mechanisms. This was done mainly as
a sales tool to emphasize the value, beauty, quality and security of their products.
B. The installation of a time lock was optional on most safes. If
a safe was delivered without the time lock installed, the area where such a lock would go
might have had an advertising plaque mounted on a wooden dummy box in it's place like the one
pictured. The plaque itself was made of the same materials and finished with
the same exterior damascene as would be on the actual time lock. The holes and matching bolts where the actual time lock would be mounted are
shown. Apparently this practice of mounting a plaque on a dummy box was rare, as few
plaques survive and very few with the original dummy box. There are no other examples of a
No. 6 S&G time lock plaque known. c. 1910. The last photo shows the plaque next
to an example of a #6 time lock. file
However, below are photos of a No. 4 S&G dummy
plaque as originally mounted onto the safe door.