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Ornate French mini-safe, 1865

Bauche Brevete, France

A very fine and ornate mini-safe or strong box in heavy cast iron with a gun-barrel finish, originating from the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. Hinged on the right hand side, the door unlocks via the keyhole hidden beneath a circular escutcheon cover, the interior of the safe is fitted with its original green felt lining.

To each end is a heavy cast iron ‘drop bar’ handle. On the top is affixed a cast iron plate, inscribed ‘Incombustible Nouveau Systeme Bauche Brevete SGDG Usine a Gueux Marne’ and on the door front is a central device of a crown with rotating centre-wheel beneath, marked ‘BAUCHE SURETE’ used to set the combination. French, circa 1865.

Length: 15 inches (38 cm)
Depth: 11 inches (28 cm)
Height: 9 inches (23 cm).

Price Code: £££

Reference: 6437

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