Yeah!! where are those photos ??
William EARNS his money,, I don't think he's 'rich' and that Texas stove was in Texas when he bought it,, at the restorer's place..
As for the hidden Nickel.. it might be there, just painted over.. grab some Laquer Thinner, and a rag or fine steel wool and see if the paint will wash off, it might come off easy.. then see if there is any nickel remaining..
Do the 'foot rests' just lift off? take one outside and wash it off with thinner, or MEK from the hardware store.. see what's underneath.
Is there a big box on the back of the stove? with a flip lever, and a slide in/out knob?
I think this is a baseheater, it probably has the double floor/duct under the ash pan, not on the sides of the ashpan/base.. but the photos will tell,,
OH, did I say PHOTOS ??