19th Century French Steel, Iron and Wood Safe with All Keys and Working Combination by Maison Vallet
A superb 19th century French safe, with a secret combination, was manufactured of iron, steel, and wood in Paris by Ancienne Maison Vallet for A. Dutrou suc de Frété & Cie, circa 1870s. Fully functional, its very clever locking mechanism opens with three keys and a four letters' combination. It features two doors, one on the top with another below in the base. The top door opens to reveal two steel shelves and an interior lock box, while the bottom door opens to reveal two steel shelves. It retains its maker's bronze medallion which reads, "Ancienne Maison Vallet A. Dutrou suc de Frété & Cie, A. Dutrou suc de Frété & Cie, Bvard Bonne Nouvelle, 7 Paris. Very nice patina. Secure safe in great working condition with a beautiful finish throughout. Three working keys (one for the main safe, a second for the inner lock box, and a third for the lower safe) and combination included.
Until the 19th century, iron safes were essential for storing valuable items, and every single company in France used to have a safe to protect their money and documents. Today, antique French safes are very popular and are sought after for both their practicality and decorative appeal. Exceptional examples of the locksmith's craft of the time, their complicated mechanisms are a testament to the locksmith's expertise and skill . They mix well with many styles and periods of interiors, from modern to contemporary, industrial, or classic. Whether placed in a living room, office, lobby, or bedroom, French safes are as beautiful as they are convenient. This beautiful safe is perfect for storing valuables, documents, or expensive wine and would make a great cocktail cabinet or dry bar.
h - 40"
w - 22"
d - 14.75"
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