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Identifying Antique Floor Safe

Postby Kelyn » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:16 pm

safe pic  

Andy you seem to be the guru here so I'm requesting your assistance in identifying my safe.  Outside dimensions are: 30 1/2" tall, 20" wide, 20 1/2" deep.  Inside dimensions are: 18" tall, 12 1/2" wide, 12 deep.  Lots of patent dates on inside door panel.  First one is Feb 27 1906.  Last one is Nov 17 1908. It has a gravity lock system.  I'm guessing it's either a Baum or a Victor safe, but I'm not positive.  I want to get the stenciling or decals for the front.  Know where these can be purchased?
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Identifying Antique Floor Safe

Postby Oxley » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:35 am

Greg,

Unfortunately pretty much ALL safes look very similar - manufacturers only had "so many ways" of making a square/rectangle safe!  Without seeing a full group of photos, I would be doing nothing but making a guess, but I can already tell you that it is NOT a Victor.

There are no aftermarket companies making parts or decals for older safes.  The market is simply too small and wouldn't support these efforts unless someone was doing it as a hobby.  I recommend(AFTER we ID the safe), getting photos of the art work and taking them to a graphics art / sign company to have the decals made.  These companies are ALMOST as numerous as Starbucks.  Every where I go I see one of these companies advertising graphics signs and decals for vechiles, etc.  They should be able to knock out your decals fairly easily.

Your other option would be to have an artist, possibly from a college art class, hand paint the art work on the safe.

In order to answer specific questions, identify, evaluate or appraise your safe, I'm going to need photos.  They should include full exterior and interior.  Detail photos should include pictures of the dial, handles, hinges, artwork, locks, bolt work, castors, cabinetry and any special details or damage.  Note:  You may have to remove the back panel on the door to gain access to the lock & bolt work – I will need these pics.  

If you have a particular detail that you have a question about, I will need a photo of it along with your question.

I will also need to see any documentation that you have in regards to your safe.  If your safe has a unique historical perspective, you should be able to document this with letters, newspaper articles or photos, if not it is simply a story and will have no bearing on the value of your safe.

Please use as high a resolution as possible so that I can examine details of your safe.  Pictures which are low resolution, out of focus, or from a distance don’t help when we try to evaluate the container.  Note:  with higher resolution, you may only be able to send 2-4 pictures per email, depending on the size of the file, I have a 7mb limit per email.  If photos are larger than 2mb each, you may only be able to send 2 or 3 photos per email, requiring several emails.  Please don’t send me “cell phone” photos.

Please send all of the requested photos to:  [email protected]

Note:  As I am in the field several days each week, covering a huge service area, I may not get back to your photos immediately, but I will respond as soon as I get an opportunity.  Due to field work, emails may tend to get backed up which means I may not answer them immediately.

Our informal evaluation is at no charge, however if you feel you need a formal evaluation or appraisal for insurance, estate sales, donations for tax write offs, or to establish it as an antique, there is an administrative fee for this service.  
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Identifying Antique Floor Safe

Postby Dorion » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:13 am

safe pic  

Andy you seem to be the guru here so I'm requesting your assistance in identifying my safe.  Outside dimensions are: 30 1/2" tall, 20" wide, 20 1/2" deep.  Inside dimensions are: 18" tall, 12 1/2" wide, 12 deep.  Lots of patent dates on inside door panel.  First one is Feb 27 1906.  Last one is Nov 17 1908. It has a gravity lock system.  I'm guessing it's either a Baum or a Victor safe, but I'm not positive.  I want to get the stenciling or decals for the front.  Know where these can be purchased?
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