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2-drawer cabinet
2-drawer cabinet  

inscription plate
inscription plate  
Have looked across the internet for a Safe Cabinet Laboratory 2-drawer image like this.  As yet, have not found one. Still in great shape with keys attached. Love the unique additional hand release on drawers. Love that it rolls on its casters like butter, given it's weight.

Add'l info: Besides brass inscription plate (photo attached), has another metal plate the reads "Built To Comply with Safe Manufacturers Association  Spec F2 - ND  SMMA Rating 1 HR"

Am wondering possible value?

Hi Sally

Glad you are happy with it - now for the bad news.

These containers were built during the 1930's through 1955.    They are not antique, nor are they collectible.
The SMNA Specification F2-ND only indicates that the container is a fire resistive FILE cabinet, for DOCUMENT storage only.   The classification D (1 hour rating) was current prior to 1962, but it is no longer valid.

Not only do these NOT have any value - this company was know to use asbestos as an insulation material, so you may not be able to sell it or dispose of it without paying HAZMAT fees.
Check your local and state regulations pertaining to your transporting, selling or disposing of HAZMAT items (specifically asbestos) to find out what your responsibilities are.

Container over 50 years old (which would include this one) DO NOT meet ANY current standard for fire resistance, and this container has NO burglary resistance.

If you are planning on using it, I don't have a problem with that.   I have a couple similar units - one that I use for ammo storage and one that I use for general purpose document storage.

As long as YOU realize the limitations of the container, and that it does NOT meet any current standards, you are okay.

As for selling it - with the HAZMAT requirements it may cost you more in fees than it is worth.   Not complying with the regulations can result in EXTREMELY stiff penalties, so I wouldn't recommend ignoring them, as it can come back to bite you even after you have sold it.

Sorry the news isn't better.  

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