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ENGLISH
SAFE MAKERS 


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ENGLISH SAFE MAKERS
Other
ENGLISH SAFE MAKERS
SAFE MAKERS
From around the World





Chatwood bankers safe with a 5 spindle letter lock and a composite lock on the main door, additionaly, the inner coffer also has a composite lock.
C. 1890

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Chatwood 20 ton Strongroom Door from the 1920s.

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Chart showing the changing lettering styles, from a Chubb publicity booklet.

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Hobbs Progress 2 safe with 3 Progres Protector locks, serial number 12828.

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Transfer found on the inside of a Hobbs safe door, serial number 22273 and dating from around the turn of last century.

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Transfer from the inside of a Hobbs safe door, serial number 31407 which dates it to c.1915.

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Ratner Crane Hinge strongroom door. Illustration from a c1920's manufacturers catalogue.

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Chatwood
Chatwood Double Patent Escutcheon
Chatwood's Double Patent Escutcheon
Size: 118mm diameter. Cast brass.
Chatwood Treble Patent Escutcheon
Chatwood's Treble Patent Escutcheon
Size: 118mm diameter. Cast brass.
Chatwood Quadruple Patent Escutcheon
Chatwood's Quadruple Patent Escutcheon
Size: 118mm diameter. Cast brass.
Chatwood's Patent Escutcheon
Chatwood's Patent Escutcheon
Size: 95mm x 124mm. Cast brass.
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Chubb


C. Chubb & Son Plate
C. Chubb & Son Plate
Size: 71mm x 45mm. Cast brass. c. 1830
Chubb's Plate
Chubb's Plate
Size: 106mm x 85mm. Pressed brass.
Chubb escutcheon
Chubb Escutcheon
Size: 38mm x 45mm. Cast brass.
Chubb Plate
Chubb Plate
From a deed box. c. 1920
Size: 130mm x 54mm. Pressed brass.
Chubb's Patent Safe Plate
Chubb's Patent Safe Plate
Size: 124mm x 94mm. Pressed brass.
Chubb & Sons Lock & Safe Compy. Limd. Plate.
Chubb & Son's Lock & Safe Compy. Limd. Plate
Size: 126mm x 94mm. Pressed brass.
Chubb's Patent London Plate
Chubb's Patent London Plate
Size: 119mm x 50mm. Cast brass.
Chubb escutcheon
Chubb Escutcheon
Size: 24mm x 45mm. Pressed brass.
Chubb London Plate
Chubb London Plate
Size: 118mm x 54mm. Cast brass.
Chubb Book Quality Safe Plate
Chubb Book Quality Safe Plate
Size: 127mm x 90mm. Cast brass.
Chubb Lock & Safe Makers Plate
Chubb Lock & Safe Maker Plate
Size: 128mm x 88mm. Cast bronze.
(A similar plate in cast brass has also been noted)
Chubb fish Escutcheon
Chubb fish Escutcheon
Size: 27mm x 45mm. Cast brass.
Chubb fish Escutcheon
Chubb fish Escutcheon
Size: 45mm diameter. Diecast.
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Hobbs
Hobb's Patent Protector Escutcheon
Hobbs Patent Protector Lock Escutcheon.
Size: 45mm x 94mm. Cast brass.

Hobbs produced safe locks from their inception in 1852 but mainly supplied to other safe makers.
This shield type escutcheon is from a Milner safe fitted with a Hobbs Protector lock.


Hobbs, Hart & Co. Decorated Plate
Hobb's Hart & Co. Plate.
Size: 254mm x 195mm. Cast iron, decorated.
Hobbs, Hart & Co. Plate
Hobb's Hart & Co. Plate.
Size: 195mm x 166mm. Cast iron. From safe serial number 15188.


Hobbs, Hart & Co. Limited Plate
Hobb's Hart & Co. Limited Plate.
Size: 184mm x 84mm. Cast brass.
Hobbs, Hart & Co. Ltd. Plate
Hobb's Hart & Co. Ltd. Plate.
Size: 134mm x 83mm. Cast bronze.
An identical but larger plate was also produced, size: 205mm x 127mm.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress A Quality Escutcheon.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress A Quality Escutcheon.
Size: 79mm diameter. Cast bronze.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress D Plate
Hobbs & Cos. Progress D Plate.
Size: 101mm x 110mm. pressed brass.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress E Quality Escutcheon.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress E Quality Escutcheon.
Size: 78mm diameter. Cast bronze.
A system of grading the quality of safes was adopted by assigning a letter which appeared on the safe plate or escutcheon, i.e. 'Progress A Quality'.
'A' was the lowest grade whereas 'G' was for the highest quality safes and strongrooms.
During the early 1900's the letters were substituted for numerals, i.e. Progress 'A' Quality was changed to the new Progress '1' Quality.

Hobbs & Cos. Improved D Quality Escutcheon
Hobbs & Cos. Improved D Quality Escutcheon.
Vertical slide. 78mm diameter. Bronze.
Hobbs & Cos. Progress 2 Plate
Hobbs & Cos. Progress 2 Plate.
Size: 101mm x 110mm. pressed brass.

Progress 2 Protectors, Plate
Progress 2 Protectors, Plate
Size: 192mm x 37mm. Cast iron and Brass.
Hobbs & Cos. Patent Escutcheon.
Hobbs & Cos. Patent Escutcheon.
Size: 66mm diameter. Cast brass.
Hobbs & COs. Merchants Escutcheon
Hobbs & COs. Merchants Escutcheon.
Size: 80mm cast brass.
Hobbs & Cos. Protector Lock Escutcheon.
Hobbs & Cos. Protector Lock Escutcheon.
Size: 80mm diameter. Cast brass.

Hobbs & Co's. Patent Plate.
Hobbs & Co's. Patent Plate.
Size: 176mm x 86mm. Cast brass.
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Milner
Milners' 212 Patent Plate
Milners' 212 Patent Plate
Size: 202mm diameter. Cast brass.

Milner 212 Patent List 3 Plate
Milner 212 Patent List 3 Plate
Size: 220mm x 168mm.Cast brass
Milners' Patent Improved Plate
Milners' Patent Improved Plate
Size: 171mm x 150mm. Cast brass.

Milners' Fire Resisting Holdfast Plate
Milners' Fire Resisting Holdfast Plate
Size: 262mm x 213mm.Cast brass
Milners' Theif Resisting Holdfast Plate
Milners' Theif Resisting Holdfast Plate
Size: 263mm x 212mm. Cast brass.

Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Holdfast Plate
Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Holdfast Plate
Size: 267mm x 234mm. Cast brass
Milners' 212 Theif Resisting Door Plate
Milners' 212 Theif Resisting Door No 2, Plate
Size: 270mm x 227mm. Cast brass.

Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Plate
Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Plate
Size: 212mm diameter. Pressed brass
Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Plate
Milners' 212 Fire Resisting Plate
Size: 175mm diameter. Pressed brass.

Milner Safe Co. Ltd. Plate
Milner Safe Co. Ltd. Plate
Size: 162mm x 162mm. Cast brass.
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Ratner
Ratcliff & Horner Limited Door Plate
Ratcliff & Horner Limited Door Plate
Size: 157mm x 117mm. Cast brass.
Ratner Plate
Ratner Plate
Size: 145mm x 109mm. Cast brass.

Ratner Safe Company Ld. Plate
Ratner Safe Company Ld. Plate
Size: 153mm diameter. Cast brass.

Ratner Safes Escutcheon
Ratner Safes Escutcheon
Size: 42mm diameter. Cast bronze.
Ratner London Plate
Ratner London Plate
Size: 110mm x 63mm. Cast bronze.
Ratner Safes Escutcheon
Ratner Safes Escutcheon
Size: 14mm diameter. Cast brass.
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John Tann
John Tanns Safeworks Plate
John Tanns Safeworks Plate
Size: 114mm x 71mm. Engraved brass.

J Tann Escutcheon
J Tann Escutcheon
Size: 35mm x 64mm. Cast brass.
J Tann Escutcheon
J Tann Escutcheon
Size: 35mm x 64mm. Cast brass.
John Tann Ltd. Plate
John Tann Ltd. Plate
Size: 78mm x 31mm. Cast bronze.

John Tann's Reliance Plate
John Tann's Reliance Plate
Size: 194mm x 228mm. Cast iron.

John Tann's Reliance Plate
John Tann's Reliance Plate
Size: 126mm x 150mm. Cast iron.
John Tann's Relience plate
John Tann's Reliance plate
Size: 151 x 167mm x 59mm. Cast iron.
John Tann Reliance Plate
John Tann Reliance Plate
Size: 171mm x 80mm. Diecast.
John Tann escutcheon
John Tann escutcheon
Size: 36mm x 59mm. Cast brass & plated.
John Tann Reliance Plate
John Tann Reliance Plate
Size: 171mm x 80mm. Cast brass.
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PRIMARY ENGLISH SAFE MAKERS
SAFE PLATES & ESCUTCHEONS


The story of the development of safes told through safe plates, badges and escutcheons.

Most would agree the following primary English safe makers:-

Chatwood
Chubb
Hobbs
 Milner 
Ratner
John Tann


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