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Hi, I have a Globe Wernicke of Cincinnati safe, with #302 also on it. The measurements are 21"W X 24" D X 48" high. It has 3" casters.  I was just curious what it's worth.


Well, I can tell you a couple items about your safe without seeing a lot of photos.

Globe-Wernicke only manufactured safes from 1911 until 1917.   Basically this company obtained several safes from the Safe Cabinet Company, and "reverse engineered" them in order to make "IDENTICAL" safes, and then sold their safes labeled as "Globe Cabinet Safes".
Obviously The Safe Cabinet Company, didn't believe that "Imitation is the shearest form of flattery" and filed several lawsuits against them for patent infringment.   The courts agreed that Globe-Wernicke had intentionally attempted to mislead customer's into believing they were buying safes manufactured by The Safe Cabinet Company.   Globe-Wernicke appealed the ruling and again lost.

So your safe would have been manufactured between 1911 to 1917.

Three problems with your safe - first the dial (and possibly the lock) have been replaced and are not original.   Second, this manufacturer was known to use Asbestos as an insulation material in its safes.   While this material is a great insulator from heat, it is considered a HAZMAT item.   Various states have different laws and regulations regarding the Sale of, transportation of, or disposal of items containing asbestos.
Third, as a HAZMAT item, this container has no value, and is not considered collectible.

Personnally I don't have a problem with asbestos, and think that it is a great product if used correctly.   As long as it is in a sealed container (like the walls of your safe, AND it doesn't become airborne, AND you don't inhale it, it does not pose any significant risk.
That being said, I don't make the rules or regulations.

Check your local and state regulations to determine what your requirements and/or liabilities are.   If you were in California we would charge you between $400-$600 to haul it away for disposal.   I do not recommend that you attempt to sell or dispose of the container, without dealing with the asbestos problems, as the fines or penalties could be extremely sever - in the tens of thousands of dollars!

Sorry, I know this wasn't the answer you were looking for.


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