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Hi Tom

I am reposting a question to you with recommendation from Terry Andreasen.
It follows as:

Hope you are well, i was wondering if you could spare some of your wisdom with me, a friends father has recently immigrated out of south Africa and has left us to sell of some items of his, and one is an old Phillips & Sons safe, now i don't pretend to know much about antiques or safes but i cant help but think that this is a fairly uncommon safe to have. It is fairly tarnished (although may just need a wash) and we still have the original key, so i was just wanting to ask what you can tell me about the company?  (i heard they no longer in business) or this safe itself, as I'm attaching pics along with it. (if it works)

Thanks Tom if you can let me know anything

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It is about 1880 but I am afraid there are thousands of them around in the UK and they have neither insurance rating nor collectable value. Filled with sawdust and alum, their protection against fire was limited and only slightly better against burglars than the unbanded safes (the metal bands around the safe were to resist people unrivetting them).
They sell for under 100.
I have the managing directors desk from the printers of the transfers which were used inside Phillips safes, but Phillips went more than 50 years ago.
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Tom

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Tom Gordon

Expertise

UK lock, physical security and safes with worldclass collections of safe plaques and Chatwood items. I do NOT have expert knowledge of American safes.

Experience

25 years as a master locksmith, giving training around the UK and Eire to ALOI and MLA members.

Organizations
COLTI

Publications
DIY Week, COLTI, ALOI, MLA

Education/Credentials
In the eighties and nineties I took every course that I could in the UK and the USA at ALOA

Awards and Honors
Locksmith of The Year 2010 Locks & Security Monthly (UK)

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