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Antique Safes/Large two door chubb safe. Identification.


Pulled out a large old safe from a distribution centre demolition job.
It's about five foot high by three wide. Double door, two twist handles, key entry, Victoria street address plaques. Has the two tone browns that Chubb safes of this era seem to have.
We intend to open it eventually but it's just in storage at present as it's not a priority.

Just wondering if there is any way to identify what it is or if there is even a market for this outdated lump.

Hello Thomas,

Chubb began making safes in the mid 1800s and there have been many different models over the years, so I would need to see a couple of pictures to be able to identify its date of manufacture and possibly the model.  The only think I can say with any certainly is that it was made before the Second World War as their premises at 28 Queen Victoria Street were totally destroyed by fire following an air raid in 1941.

If it is easier, you could send pictures directly to me at


Mike Palmer FSyI
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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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