19th-Century Italian Safe
19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe 19th-Century Italian Safe
19th-Century Italian Safe
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19th-Century Italian Safe

  • This incredible 19th-century safe would have been the most secure place for valuables
  • The entire structure is secured with iron plates, straps and rivets
  • The unique locking mechanism would have made it nearly impossible to break into
  • Inside, one finds storage space and hidden compartments for one's most prized possessions
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$88,500
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Size, security and exceptional craftsmanship distinguish this fully functioning 19th-century Italian floor safe. Weighing hundreds of pounds, the fascinating safe is enveloped with thick iron plates and features one of the most intricate locking mechanisms ever made. The keys and buttons that secure the solid construction must be manipulated precisely to successfully open just the exterior door. The numerous "studs" on the safe's exterior are actually buttons that must be pushed in the correct direction and in the correct sequence to reveal the hidden keyholes. After that, one must know the precise way in which to manipulate not one, but four unique iron keys to access every secret space inside. The final secret compartment is tucked away deep within the safe's base - the perfect place for one's most important items.

Its captivating grandeur and spectacular detail are clear indications that this safe was commissioned by an individual of tremendous power and wealth. Not only is it functional, but it is also an item of beauty, with Neoclassical decorative elements on both the exterior and interior. Entro con noia e sorto con gioia ("I enter with boredom and arise with joy") is engraved on the door, perhaps a friendly riddle hinting at the tedious measures one must take to discover the treasures hidden within. Very few floor safes of this age and complexity are found in such impeccable condition today, and they are highly desirable.

The door is engraved "Carcerato / Entro con noia e sorto con gioia / 1843" ("Prisoner / I enter with boredom and arise with joy / 1843") with "Ambrogio Arrigoni Fecit 1843" on the interior and "Prima registrare e poi pagare" ("First enter and then pay") on second door.

Dated 1843

46 1/2" high x 34" wide x 20 1/2" deep
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Period: 19th Century
Type:Safes/Strong Boxes
Width:34 Inches
Height:46 1/2 Inches
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