Mills Poinsettia - No Key - Best way to pick & Replace key?

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Mills Poinsettia - No Key - Best way to pick & Replace key?

Postby mikek » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:27 pm

I have a 1929-1930 Mills nickel poinsettia slot machine. Been in the family for decades and is still working just fine.
But we don't have a key for it.
Spoke to a local locksmith and he said I could leave the machine and have his guys 'work on it' to see if anyone could pick it. I won't leave the machine of course -- what a knucklehead to suggest I do that - between them playing it and/or opening and taking the money.
Said because f the side tumblers it's not an easy pick.
Then said once open, he should be able, with a few attempts, to create a key that would work in it.

So I'm still at square one - how can I get it open without damage?
And second, once open what's best option - see a lock number inside and hunt to buy someone's matching key? Or have to replace the whole lock?

I don't want to drill it out - trying to keep it original, and not want the hassle of drilling (or damaging it).
Any ideas and options?
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Re: Mills Poinsettia - No Key - Best way to pick & Replace k

Postby damikeguy » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:38 am

Where are you located. I can pick and re-key the lock.
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Re: Mills Poinsettia - No Key - Best way to pick & Replace k

Postby mikek » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:12 am

I am in Reno Nevada.
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