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i have 2 Russian safes(or lock boxes) they are identical but one is larger, and i like to have your openion as far as how rare and valuable they are, there are writings on the inside.

The picture i am sendig is from the smaller box, the larger box measures [Hight=17centemeters; lengt=49cm; width=33cm] the smaller box measures [H=10cm; L=17.5cm; W=13.5cm].

I appreciate your concideration, if more picturs are needed please Email me your Email address.


As these are not "safes", I can't evaluate them - sorry but this item is not in my area of expertise.

While the item definitly appears to be personal lock box, it is more decorative in nature than it is a security item, probably made for personal papers, letters, etc.

Without knowing the manufacturer, when it was actually made, having the history of the item, etc. any value that I placed upon it would be pure speculation.

My recommendation would be to contact someone who has knowledge of Russian antiques, and manufacturers to give you an idea of who made this item, when it was actually made and what its potential value is.

They would also need any documentation that you have on this item, as well as either being able to translate or having a translation of what is written inside the lid.

Sorry I can't be of help, but again, this is out side of my area of expertise.

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


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