Antique Safes & Safe Banks (Cast Iron) Bought and Sold
Circa 1902 Mosler Firejacket Safe. Safe has been completely restored to like new condtion. 104 polished nickle parts many with original custom engine turning. Rebuilt time locks. Dimensions are 66"H x 42 1/2"W x 44"D. Weight is approx. 6500 lbs. This is the only fully restored Mosler Firejacket safe known to exist.
Circa 1900 Diebold Square Body Cannonball Safe Salesman Sample with working time lock.Everything on this safe works. The time lock winder key and the original gear drive set key, and inner door rotating handle are present. It has the original ships wheel with bakalite handle, that rotates the main outside door. The outer door also articulates to give you access to the time lock mechanism. It also allows you access to the inner door combination lock which has a full 100 number dial. I have the combination. Inside is all engine turned with all polished brass timer and lock. Dimensions are 14 3/4"H x 12"W x 11"D. Weight is approx. 30 lbs.The safe is made of aluminum, and is a full bodied safe with real rolling wheels.
Circa 1890's Diamond Safe Dealers Display with Diamond Safe/Salesman Sample (Unrestored). Diamond Safes were made by Rouse and Co. and were a line of key lock personal safes that ranged in size from 7"H to 24"H. These are not to be confused with the Diamond Safe Banks with a similar design and had a coin slot. These were real safes. They were three finishes black, gold wash, and polished nickle. These safes were very popular back then are still popular to collectors today.I have owned several of these Diamond safes over the years including the ultra rare 24" version that I have added in the last photo, just for your information. This display is even rarer than the 24" model. This is the only display I have ever seen in over 30 years of collecting antique safes. The safe used in the display is the 7" version. The safe retains its original black and gold paint with a corresponding black and gold wood base. Dimensions are 8 1/2"H x 11 1/2"W x 8 1/2"D. Weight is approx. 11 lbs. This is a truly rare, only one known example.
Circa 1865 Marvin Safe Co. Chrome Iron Spherical Mini-Canonball Safe. Marvin Safe Company was the first company to create, patent, and produce a round design safe in 1863. It got its nickname of "canonball" from its round design, which looked visually similar to a military canonball. Remember that 1863 was right in the middle of the Civil War, where there were plenty of canonballs being utilized by both sides. That nickname has stuck, and is still in use even today when talking about round design safes. The safe itself was made of "Chrome Iron" which was impervious to acids and drill bits and was the hardest material yet discovered at that time. The spherical shape gave it the immense resisting strength of the double arch the strongest possible shape making it secure against the heaviest sledge hammers, distroying the sledge hammers, but not damaging the safe. The safe was made basically in three sizes. The smallest size stood 20"H and weighed 650 lbs. The middle size stood 27"H and weighed 1300 lbs. The large size stood 34"H and weighed 2,000 lbs. Because of their round design patent, they were the only safe maker that was able to manufacture this super high security round design safe. It took several years for the other safe makers to figure out ways of designing round safes to get around Marvins original patent design. They accomplished this by having to make them much larger and heavier with only a semi round design. So Marvin's were the first, the smallest and the most versatile canonball safes ever made. This is why Marvin Mini-Canonball Safes are so highly sought after by collectors, and Marvin is rightfully considered the "father" of the canonball safe. Today there are only 16 Marvin Mini-Canonball Safes known to exist. They are all in Private hands.
Circa 1846/47 Herring Victorian Parlor Safe with a real marble top. It also has one of the first rare grasshopper locks dated 1846. You would have to have been very wealthy to be able to afford a luxury like this in your home at that time. This safe was made not to be hidden away,but to be out on display as a show of wealth and security. The size of 28"H x 19 1/2"W x 19 1/2"D was ideal to be used as a side table next to an arm chair or sofa. The marble top allowed them to put an oil lamp on a doily on top for reading or a tankard or cup on a flat surface with no damage to the safe and easy cleaning. This 175 year old beauty retains its original Cherry wood interior with two lockable drawers with keys and its original hand painted drawer fronts. The Grasshopper lock with its unique key was unpickable and only the factory could make a duplicate key.The key as you can see in the photo doesn't even look like a key. It's name "Grasshopper" comes from the way it operates. Grasshoppers do not walk through the grass they hop to move forward. When operating this lock to open or lock the safe the special key jumps out of the lock into your hand, hence the name. I have a video to demonstrate this, but i cannot show that here. Age, beauty, rarity, and quality, this safe has it all and will become the focal point of any room.
Circa 1890's Samuel Withers & Co., West Bromwich, England Floor Safe. Dimensions are 20"H x17"W x17"D. Weigh is approx. 300 lbs. You will not walk off with this safe. The safe and lock mechanism has been completely restored to original condition, even down to the real gold plated name plate. It has a key lock door with original key. This safe is an ideal size for someone who wants a rugged safe that will fit almost anywhere, especially in an apartment. It has a custom made crate for shipping anywhere in the world safely.
Circa 1885 Raynal/Fichet High Security Safe in a Walnut Cabinet. Raynal high end furniture makers from 1800's. Fichet famous French Safe Company still in existence today. Cabinet made by Raynal and safe made by Fichet for Raynal. This safe requires both a combination and key for entry. There are three separate combination dials each with 20 numbers. That makes a total of 8,000 possible combinations. The dials must be properly set fior the special key to work the lock. Safe is located in the upper compartment of the cabinet. The bottom has a lockable door to store books or whatever you like. Very high security and quality. Dimensions are 34 1/2"H x 22"W x 16"D. Weight is approx. 195 lbs.
Circa 1905 Mission Oak Gustav Stickley Style Cabinet with Safe hidden inside. The cabinet has an exterior door behind which is the Safe. It has a known working combination lock door. Dimensions of the cabinet are 37"H x 15 1/4"W x 14 1/4"D. Dimensions of the safe are 10 1/2"H x 10 1/2"W x 10 1/2"D. Overall weight of cabinet and safe is approx. 60 lbs. This is a very unique piece of furniture and well built.
Circa 1892 Victor Safe and lock Co. antique Floor Safe. Exterior retains all its original graphics and art work. The Inside has a extra security lockable inner steel door with custom lions head pull ring and key. Behind that a fitted wood interior with a lockable safety deposit box and key. Dimensions are 33"H x 22"Wx 23"D. Weight is approx. 500 lbs.
Circa 1900 Royal Antique Floor Safe. The safe is a complete and unrestored original. It retains its original exterior and interior graphics , down to the little flower painted on the inside safety deosit box door which also has its original working key. The safe has an unusual rivet pattern on the outside edges of safewhich is both structural and decorative. It has a working combination lock door with a known combination. This safe is a very unusual size. Dimensions are 19"H x12"W x 16"D. Weight is approx. 160 lbs.
Ultra Rare 1904/1905 Meilink Personal Safew with a Working Burglar Alarm. This safe is unrestored and retains all its original graphics and artwork. It is signed and dated in the lower left hand corner of the safe. It has a working combination lock door with a known combination. It has two inner steel drawers with the original pull rings. The thing that really makes this safe special is the burglar alarm. Hidden in the custom base is a gong type bell and clapper mechanism. Its power comes from a clock like wind up key with an elogated shaft which is present. If the safe was sitting on a desk top or shelf and you wanted to close the safe and set the alarm you would wind up the clock mechanism, and then place the safe back on the desk top or shelf. The alarm is now set. The alarm will trigger the gong bell if either the safe is picked up off the desk top or shelf or if they open the safe door. Dimensions are 16 1/2"H x 12"W x 12"D. Weight is approx. 80 lbs.
Circa 1900 Meilink Personal Safe. The safe has a known working combination lock door. This safe is unrestored with all original graphics with mural, and carry handle on top. Dimensions are 16"H x9"W x 8 1/2"D. Weight is approx. 70 lbs.
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