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When we moved into our current house we took ownership of a Chatwood safe, it is approx 80cm high by 60cm wide and 70cm deep, not sure what the weight is, i guess really heavy. It has a lock and we have the key, it all works. The safe is a leaf green colour and has 2878 on one of the door hinges, it has gold pattens on the front. We do not want it as it takes up valuable under the stairs cupboard space, I want to advertise it in my local paper, how much do you think I should say it is for sale for, how old is it and do you know any history behind it.

I look forward to hearing from you

Thanks in advance

Hello Gavin,

Thank you for your enquiry.  Chatwood was a very prolific safe maker with a long history.  Over the years they manufactured many different models and it is not possible to answer your question without knowing which this is.  Unfortunately all Chatwood records and archives were lost in recent times and I would need a couple of pictures to determine the model; one with the door shut showing the entire front of the safe, and one with it open showing the door thickness and bolt-work.

If it is easier, you can send them directly to me at


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I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.


I have been in the UK safe industry for 40 years and have one of the largest archive databases of old safe literature and serial numbers in the country. I started with Chubb in 1960 and became Assistant Manager of their Bank Security Division before moving on to become the Insurance Liaison Manager with the John Tann Group. I became Sales & Marketing Director for Guardian Safes Limited before semi-retiring. I am a Fellow of the Security Institute and ex-Chairman of Eurosafe UK, a trade body representing the interests of UK safe makers and distributors. I now work as a part time consultant.

I am an advisor to the Safe Committee of the Association of Insurance Surveyors, a Fellow of the Security Institute and founding Chairman of Eurosafe UK.

I have had literally scores of articles published in various security trade publications. So far this year I have had 24 features published in various journals including Keyways, Professional Security, Pawnbroker and Safe India. I have published one book, Peckham Boy, the life and times of the world's greatest safe cracker.

No relevant educational credentials.

Awards and Honors
In 1997 I was awarded the annual shield by the Association of Insurance Surveyors for "..outstanding services to crime prevention"

Past/Present Clients
I have represented or been an agent for the John Tann Group (Stratford, Ratner, Dreadnought and Tann safes); Churchill Safes, Chubb Safe Co Ltd, SLS Safes, SMP Safes, Dudley Safes and several others

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