Italian Baroque Double-Door Safe

  • This exceptionally rare Baroque-period Italian safe is secured by a highly complex mechanism
  • Four different keys are required to open the double-door, iron-armored chest
  • A number of tricks and secret keyholes add further security to the complicated locks
  • In impeccable condition, this safe is one of the few surviving examples of its kind
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Item No. 31-0699

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This rare Italian Baroque double-door 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 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 four-way locking system. As an added security measure, one must know the precise way in which to manipulate not one, but four unique iron keys, all of which have hidden keyholes. The keys would have been distributed to upwards of four different people, which resulted in a remarkably high degree of safety, requiring all four individuals to be present for the safe’s opening. A massive and impressive sliding bolt with its own hidden mechanism further complicates the unlocking process.

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. Exceptional safes of this age, grandeur and complexity are rarely found in such impeccable condition today, making surviving examples such as this highly desirable.

Circa 1700

49" wide x 26" deep x 65 1/4" high
Italian Baroque Double-Door Safe
Period: 18th Century
Type: Safes/Strong Boxes
Depth: 26.0 Inches
Width: 49.0 Inches
Height: 65.25 Inches

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