Renaissance Iron Hobnail Safe

  • This exceptionally rare 16th-century Italian safe is secured by a highly complex mechanism
  • Three different keys and a pick are required to open the iron-armored chest
  • In impeccable condition, this safe is one of the few surviving examples of its kind
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Item No. 30-1569

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A highly complex locking mechanism complete with hidden keyholes secures this rare Italian safe. Crafted in South Tyrol in the mid-16th century, the iron-armored hobnail safe can be counted among the most complex safes of its period. The ingenious locking mechanism was designed for both safety and subterfuge, requiring three separate keys and a pick to open. The keys would have been distributed to upwards of three different partners, which resulted in a high degree of safety, requiring all individuals to be present for the safe’s opening.

Once opened, the safe reveals a wooden cabinet with a number of sliding drawers for storing smaller valuables. Very few floor safes of this age and complexity are found in such impeccable condition today, and they are highly desirable.

Circa 1525

38 1/2" wide x 21 1/2" deep x 51 7/8" high
Renaissance Iron Hobnail Safe
Period: 16th Century
Type: Safes/Strong Boxes
Depth: 21.5 Inches
Width: 38.5 Inches
Height: 51.88 Inches

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