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Milners 212 Safe
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I have a Milner 212 safe, with key, has the serial numbers B2599 B412. Any ideas as to what it may be worth

Hello Tonia,

Thank you for your enquiry and the pictures.  This safe was made around 1860 so it has no practical value as a safe for the protection of cash, valuables or documents.  It is constructed from individual mild steel plates riveted to an angle-iron frame and the body is filled with a loose mixture of sand, sawdust and alum.

I have no idea of prices in your part of the world but here in the UK where late Victorian Milner safes are very common, they have little value - usually around 140.  My best advice is to search ebay for 'antique safes' and see what prices they are fetching.  Ignore the 'Buy now' prices as they are invariably too high and seldom sell.


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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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