204. Action for recovery by pawnor.

A pawnor1 cannot maintain an action for conversion2 against a pawnee for the pledge unless the pawnor has a right to its immediate possession3; consequently until tender or payment of the debt the pawnor cannot generally maintain an action for conversion of the pledge4. A pawnor may sue a pawnee who refuses to restore the pledge after tender of the debt5; but, if the ownership of the pledge is in doubt, the refusal, if made reasonably and to obtain a reasonable time for the purposes of investigation, will not ground such an action6. In similar circumstances the assignee of