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We were donated a safe and all we know about it is that its a Chubb Cabinet. We were wondering if you could be maybe more precise with the age, model and value of it in its current condition and if you know anyone that could be interested in it. Please see pictures attached.

Kindest regards,


Hello Hannah,

Thank you for your question.  I would like to see a picture showing the entire cabinet so I could comment further on its construction.  There is also likely to be a serial number stamped somewhere; possibly on the end of one of the bolts, which would help me be mor e precise about its age.

However, as the name plate clearly states it is a Chubb Cabinet, it is clearly not a safe.  The brass nameplate and pull handle suggest that it was probably manufactured in the 1930's or late 1920's.

There is also no indication of its size in the pictures so estimating a value is very difficult.  Security cabinets are often used to secure bulky bags of change, spirits and tobacco, school IT equipment, etc. so there is a small market for them.

I suggest you look for security cabinets on eBay to get an example of prices.  Ignore the 'buy now' prices as they invariably ask too mucyh and seldom sell.

If you would like to send me another picture showing the entire cabinet and another with the door open so it can see the door thickness and bolt-work, I should be able to tell you a little more.


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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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