Original Victorian Milners Fire Resisting Strong box.
An Antique Milners strong box in a stunning working condition.
We bring to you this very rare excellent condition early Milners Patent Fire resisting small safe which was made around C1843.
The Milners safes were some of the best in its class and at one stage regarded to be one of the largest safe manufacturers in the world. The Milners name still continues today as Chatwood-Milners under the Chubb group brand since 1958.
The safe features its original pressed polished brass trademark Milners emblems (which are readable), original handles & hinges and the original smoothly working lock complete with both of the original keys. This safe was originally made as a portable book safe as books were a valuable commodity back when this safe was produced. This small strongbox is also ideal for storing important paperwork, deeds, birth certificates, passports, cash or even jewellery and is obviously fire and theft-proof.
Originally this safe was made from tin-plated steel which we have sympathetically restored as close to the original finish as possible whilst leaving the original patina and have only enhanced what was there. We have also highly polished the brass-work and made sure it locks as it should and is in working condition, which it was already. The inside of the safe is completely original with only cleaning being carried out.
This safe also features the original paper brochure attached to the underside of the lid, which lists the provenance of Milners as a brand and a brief insight into the other safes the produced with prices even being listed which were current in 1843. We believe this safe was originally bought for £2.02 according to the price list. The prices seem comical now, however, at the time these safes would have cost a lot of money accounting for inflation.
This safe would look fabulous in a loft-style apartment or vintage themed home and would certainly be an interesting talking point for guests. This item could also be used as a small coffee table with storage.
Please note; This item is in very good condition for its age but will obviously have the odd blemish and scuff here and there, however, we feel that this adds to the charm and authenticity of the item with it being antique.
Also note this item is very heavy (14.2kg), please see our delivery section near the end of our listing
Depth (not including handle): 295mm
Size of internal chamber
Height : 190mm
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