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Re: S. Griffiths & Sons, Heath Town, Wolverhampton

Posted by Richard Phillip[s on December 04, 2008 at 11:05:47:

In Reply to: Re: S. Griffiths & Sons, Heath Town, Wolverhampton
posted by
guy zani jr. on September 07, 2008 at 05:37:09:

Griffiths were at the bottom end of the market for safes. Some of their safeplates were even castiron rather than cast brass. Many of the smaller makers were shaken out of safe-making with the move to bent body safes around the turn of the 20th C. Earlier safes were made with square corners, of flat sheets riveted to an angle-iron frame. Many of these makers used locks really intended for wooden drawers, and some had specially-made deceitful locks. Apparently having 6 or 7 levers, actually there were only 2, held in place by a peg cast in the lock cap! Any rubbish was good enough for the export and 'second-hand' market.
These old safes have little value, either for for security or fire protection; even their locks are often of little interest.
Wise not to think of yours as having any value, but if in working order, it can still be used as a cupboard - maybe even a talking point in the living room.

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