17th-Century Italian Iron Safe

  • This incredible Italian Baroque safe was the most secure place for valuables
  • The complex three-key locking mechanism was designed to be virtually impenetrable
  • Wrought iron plates, rivets and straps secure the massive structure
  • 17th-century safes like this were used by merchants to secure money and precious valuables
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Item No. 30-8818

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This rare Italian Baroque safe is crafted of reinforced wrought iron and is designed to be virtually indestructible. Intended to secure one's most precious valuables, the fascinating structure is enveloped in thick iron strapwork that surrounds its massive walnut frame. The defining feature of large Baroque safes of this caliber is a complicated locking mechanism, and this example is fitted with an exceptionally well-engineered three-way locking system. As an added security measure, one must know the precise way in which to manipulate not one, but three unique iron keys, all of which have hidden keyholes. Once inside, the safe provides ample storage for one's money and valuables.

Very few of these "Old World" relics remain, and those that do were most likely used by merchants of the period in lieu of banks. Safes of this size and complexity, however, are incredibly rare and desired.

Milan, circa 1690

Safe: 37" wide x 25" deep x 57" high
Pedestal: 39 7/8" wide x 26 1/4" deep x 12" high
17th-Century Italian Iron Safe
Period: 17th Century
Type: Safes/Strong Boxes
Depth: 25.0 Inches
Width: 37.0 Inches
Height: 57.0 Inches

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