In watching programs like “Antiques Roadshow", you may have decided that investing in antique furniture is the way to make your future fortune. But many of these antique pieces are too flimsy to use and take up a lot of room to properly store. This is one reason why some collectors prefer to invest in antique Diebold safes. They aren't only valuable, they're functional.
Diebold is an American company based in Ohio that started in 1859 and still is around today with offices all over the world. The company is named after an enterprising locksmith named Charles Diebold. Their reputation was made from a tragic event - the great Chicago fire. Diebold safes survived the destruction. Although they now concentrate on automatics teller machines, vaults and security software they still make models of safes. Some of their first safes are still around today.
What's So Special About These Old Safes?
When you hear about an antique safe, you don't think it would be such a bid deal. One safe is like another, right? Wrong! Antique Diebold safes are not only valuable, but they are incredibly beautiful. They are not only beautiful for an old safe, they are hand crafted works of art.
In taking one of these masterpieces apart, you see that each lock and bolt was not only hand-made and signed, but engraved with intricate designs of flowers, vines and leaves. Some safes even had flowers hand-painted on the outside. After you take a good look at such a safe, you will be hard pressed to find anything more valuable than the safe to lock inside of it.
Some models, like cannonball safes, aren't as attractive but are still valuable. They get their name from the huge round shape resting on a square base. Many antique Diebold safes from the 1850's - 1870's still survive and some make the market, sometimes called “3rd model safes" in antiques listings in antiques listings, especially if the safe has double-doors.
I Think I Have One. Now What?
First off, you need to be sure it's a Diebold. Don't trust the seller to know what kind of safe he has or what brand it is. If they have heard that people are paying top dollar for a Diebold time lock safe, they will advertise that their safes for sale are Diebold time lock safes, no matter what the safe really is.
Hopefully, you will be able to check out the safe for sale before you put your money down. You need to check for condition, for a brand name on it, to see if it still works and what any serial numbers are.
So, play it safe with your safe. Get it appraised with an antiques dealer. Take your time in finding one. You can check with the International Society of Appraisers to find a professional in your area to give you an honest appraisal. Afterward, get your safe insured.
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