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Goodmorning from Athens
Found this safe belinging to my grandfather.Serial on lock 46708 all keys available.
Just some advise as to age and or specifications.A price indication will be highly apreciated and of course if possible the net weight of it if this is feasable.
Thank you in anticipation
Kind regards

Hello Anthony,

Thank you for your question and the pictures of your Chubb safe.  

The serial number suggests it was manufactured between 1999 and 1903.  Obviously any safe that is over 100 years old is going to be obsolete and unable to resist modern burglary methods.

I would be able to tell you more about its type of construction, weight and value, if I could see more of it.  I  need a picture showing the entire front of the safe including the hinges and another with the door open to show the bolt-work and door thickness.  If it is easier you can send pictures directly to

In the meantime, you may be interested to know that Chubb's offices at 128 Queen Victoria Street London were totally destroyed by fire following a bombing raid during WW2.

Kind regards,

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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