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Antique Brass And Iron / Bank Teller Window / Walnut Body / Bar / Wainscoting

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Seller: innnocentbystander (662) 100%, Location: Helena, Montana, Ships to: US, Item: 302064314357 Beautiful teller window assembly from Historic Montana Territory. This piece is around 400 lbs of Walnut iron and brass, it's approximately 12 feet long and 6 feet high including the metal gates. Approximately 4 feet without. It has some slight damage of time. It has tobacco stains in one small section where a spitoon once sat, it has a missing piece of trim on the far right hand side that could be easily made, I will have a woodworker make this as well as most anything for the piece within reason free when sold. There use to be metal core 2x2 walnut rails that ran from the ceiling to the top of the wooden piece that added security points to the left and right teller windows but they were not with the piece when I aquired it. again easily made using walnut 2x2 or left off. This was the show end of the teller window, there would be a small office like section behind this that tellers would exchange paperwork and make deposits. This could be reintroduced as a teller like system, a back bar or western theme backdrop. Imagination is the limit. A very sturdy piece. This is a Local Pickup item, shipping is possible through a freight service I beleave but would be expensive. How about a trip through Montana, come get the piece and visit Yellowstone or Glacier while your at it. Piece is located in commercial building off a major highway and we will load no problem. Some History of the piece. This has been something in our collection for many years having been collected by my grandfather, from an large estate sale in Butte Montana in 1964.This is a section of the teller windows owned by Patric Largie of the State Savings Bank of Butte Montana. Patrick Largey, Butte’s fourth Copper King, was president of the State Savings Bank, located on the site of the present Metals Bank Building. In January of 1898 miner Thomas Riley gunned Largey down through the teller window as he sat at his desk. The shooting took place nearly three years to the day after the great powder explosion in the warehouses of the Kenyon Connell and Butte Hardware companies. Illegally stored dynamite caused the blast that killed at least fifty-nine and injured one hundred others. Riley lost a leg in the blast and held Largey personally responsible. Though Largey owned stock in the hardware business, he had no part in the disaster. But Riley, who could no longer work, demanded compensation. Largey and Riley had several violent quarrels, and the last culminated in Largey’s murder. The Bank having been built in the days of the wild territorial era was torn down to make room for the world class new structure called the Metals Bank in 1905. The teller window was saved as a kind of morbid keepsake by a distant relation of my father's side who in turn family sold it on to ours many years later. This distant relation was apparently keen to tell the story any chance he could, using the piece as a sectioned bar in his 1940s man cave. Condition: Used but Impressive

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