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Cash Box with Alarm   CB6
Cash Box with Alarm CB6
Original, quality 1930's, steel cash box in the original simulated 'wood veneered' paintwork. This very clean example, with the original key, also has the original red paintwork to the interior, a lift out tray and a concealed alarm system under the false floor powered by replaceable batteries. Turn the key once to lock and twice to set the alarm and when the box is picked up the alarm is set off. Not only is the paintwork original inside and out, the original paper purchase receipt was stored in the battery area and dated December 19th 1933. Fully overhauled, complete and in good and working order. 9.5" x 7.5" and 5.25" tall.  
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Price: 230.00


Tin Cash Box CB5
Original, quality, late 19th century, small tin cash box in the form of a miniature tin travelling trunk. The original scrumbled bright orange / tan coloured paintwork has been retained to the outside, although a faded on the top. The interior is in Japanned black and originally had a lift out tray fitted. The brass mortice lock is stamped "Patent Lever" inside and out and "London", a replacement key has been cut to suit. The cast brass carry handle to the top is rather decorative, but also does the job well. A most unusual cash box, complete and in good and working order, with just the lift out tray missing. The brass has been polished and lacquered. 9" x 6" and 3.75" tall with handle down. 
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Price: 125.00


Tin Cash Box   CB5



Antique Brass Ring Door Pull DP432
Antique Brass Ring Door Pull DP432
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass drop ring handle, originally from a strongroom door now converted for use as a door pull or turning handle. The circular backplate has two concealed countersunk screw holes for mounting, and the threaded square bar is a replacement made to suit and to fit a standard mortice or rim lock or latch. The reverse of the handle is impressed for the original maker of the safe / strongroom "Chatwood's Bolton". All is complete and in good and working order. Backplate 3.25" diam, handle 4.75" wide x 4" tall and total 5" tall.  
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Price: 230.00


Brass Ring Door Pull DP431
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass drop ring handle originally from a strongroom door, now converted for use as a door pull or turning handle. The circular brass backplate is a replacement made to suit as is the threaded square bar which will fit a standard mortice or rim lock or latch. All is complete and in good and working order. Backplate 3.25" diam, handle 4.5" wide x 3.5" tall and total 5" tall.  
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Price: 230.00


Brass Ring Door Pull DP431



Strongbox Key   K94
Strongbox Key K94
Original, quality, 18th or early 19th century, blacksmith made, wrought iron key, with a Georgian bow grip, a complex ward and a hollow open ended stem. This example was originally for a strongbox or safe. Complete and in good order. 3.75" x 1.75" and 0.25". 
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Price: 65.00


J Tann Chromed Keyhole with Cover 2 available KC397
Original, quality 1920's chromed on brass keyhole surround, with a swinging cover originally from the door of a fireproof safe. This example is detailed to the cover "J. Tann No 117 Newgate Street London EC". The backplate has two countersunk screw holes for mounting and all is complete and in good and working order. 2.5" x 1.5". Price is for each.  
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Price: 45.00


J Tann Chromed Keyhole with Cover 2 available  KC397



Ratner Chromed Keyhole with Cover, 3 available KC396
Ratner Chromed Keyhole with Cover, 3 available KC396
Original, quality post war, chromed finish on cast brass, keyhole surround, with a swinging cover. The backplate has two countersunk screw holes for mounting and the cover is embossed "Ratner tel no City 2309". This example was originally from the door of a fireproof safe. 2.25" x 2". Price is for each. 
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Price: 45.00


J Tann Brass Keyhole with Cover 10 available KC394
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass keyhole surround with a swinging cover embossed " J. Tann No 117 Newgate Street London E.C.". This example originally fitted to the door of a fireproof safe, has two countersunk screw holes for mounting and a fairly small keyhole. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 2.25" tall x 1.25" wide and keyhole 0.75" tall. Price is for each. 
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Price: 45.00


J Tann Brass Keyhole with Cover 10 available KC394



Hobbs and Co Brass Keyhole with Cover KC390
Hobbs and Co Brass Keyhole with Cover KC390
Original, quality late 1920's circular cast brass safe makers' plate with an integral keyhole with a slide up cover. This example has two countersunk screw holes for mounting, was originally from a door on a fireproof safe and is embossed "Hobbs and Co 76 Cheapside London, Protector Lock" All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 3" diam.  
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Price: 65.00


Chatwoods Brass Keyhole with Cover KC389
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass safe makers' plate with an integral keyhole and cover, originally fitted to the door of a fireproof safe. This example has two countersunk screw holes for mounting and a slide up circular keyhole cover embossed with the Royal Coat of Arms. The backplate is embossed "Chatwood's Treble Patent of Bolton" and the outer frame is in the form of a laurel wreath. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 4.5" diam.  
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Price: 85.00


Chatwoods Brass Keyhole with Cover KC389



Hamilton and Co Brass Keyhole with Cover KC388
Hamilton and Co Brass Keyhole with Cover KC388
Original, quality circular cast brass safe makers' plate circa 1900 with a keyhole to the centre, a swinging cover and two countersunk screw holes for mounting. This example originally was on a fireproof safe door and is embossed "Hamilton and Co's Patent, Eccentric Lever Lock, Makers to the Royal Mint, London" and with The Royal Coat of Arms to the centre around the keyhole. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 4" diam.  
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Price: 56.00


Pair of Chromed Chubb Plaques NP270
Pair of original, quality 1920's / 30's chrome on brass plaques originally on a "Chubb Fire Cabinet". One is detailed as such and has the Royal appointment Coat of Arms, and the other is detailed "A Cabinet of this design has been tested and certified by the National Fire Brigade Association as providing "Full Protection Class A". Each plaque has two screw holes for mounting and are complete and in good order. One 3.75" x 2.75" tall and two 3.25" x 2.75" tall.  
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Price: 85.00


Pair of Chromed Chubb Plaques NP270



Carron Cast Iron Strongbox S150
Carron Cast Iron Strongbox S150
Original, quality early to mid 19th century cast iron strongbox with a lift up hinged top, a lifting drop handle to each end and the lid and the original key and brass keyhole with locking cover. All fire sides have beaded and fielded type panels, and the lid is embossed 'Carron' for the iron foundry/manufacturer. All has been fully overhauled, cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good order and working order. Agood clean and heavy working strongbox. 18" x 12" 11.5" tall.  
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Price: 485.00


Whittingham Fireproof Safe S149
Original, quality late 19th century small fireproof safe, sand blasted and stove enamelled black to the exterior and cold painted primer grey to the inside. This example has a lockable drawer to the interior and all the original brass fittings to the door and drawer. The plaque is embossed "Whittingham and Co Safe Makers' Birmingham" and the keyhole cover "Wrought Iron, Fire Resisting Safe". The door lock has two keys and the drawer has one, the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order. Exterior 21.75" tall x 14.75" wide and 14.25" front to back. Interior 13" tall x 9.25" wide and 8" front to back plus the drawers.  
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Price: 750.00


Whittingham Fireproof Safe S149



Small Milners Fireproof Safe   S144
Small Milners Fireproof Safe S144
Original, quality, late 19th century, small fireproof safe / strongbox manufactured by Milners. This super example has been stove enamelled gloss black and the interior has been cold painted primer grey. The brass fittings to the door are original and have been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled, has two keys and the original advertising label of the current range of safes manufactured by Milners is still fixed to the back of the door. The keyhole cover is embossed "Milners safe, Powder Proof, Solid Lock, Liverpool and London. Exterior 20" tall x 14" wide and 14" front to back, interior 14" tall x 8" wide and 6" front to back. 
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Price: 685.00


Hobbs Hart and Co Ltd Fireproof Safe on Cupboard S143
Original, quality, late 19th century, small fireproof safe in the original paintwork on the original wooden cupboard base unit made to suit. This super example manufactured by "Hobbs Hart and Co Ltd" has a plum coloured velvet lined interior to the safe with a lift out shelf and a locking drawer. The base cupboard unit has a scrumbled painted door inside and out. The safe is bolted to the cupboard but can be separated and the two long screws to fix the cupboard to the floor are also included. The brass handle to the inner drawer and the keyhole cover to the door are both embossed for the manufacturer "Hobbs Hart and Co Ltd London". The exterior original paintwork to the safe is generally very clean and in good order, but there are a few spots of paint missing from the front of the door and considerable blemishes to the top. All has been fully overhauled and all is complete and in good and working order otherwise, with two keys for the door and two keys for the drawer. A most unusual safe on stand. Safe exterior 18" tall x 14" wide and 12.5" front to back, safe interior 12.75" tall over drawer x 12" wide and 8.75" front to back, total 37.5" tall x 16" wide and 13.25" front to back.  
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Price: 1,150.00


Hobbs Hart and Co Ltd Fireproof Safe on Cupboard   S143



Phillips Brass Safe Plate SP149
Phillips Brass Safe Plate SP149
Original, quality 1920's cast pink brass safe makers' plate, with two screw holes for mounting. Originally from the inside of the door fireproof safe. The details are embossed "Phillips and Son Birmingham Lock and Safe Co, Fire, Fall and Thief Resisting Safe Manufacturer". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 3" diam. 
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Price: 30.00


Empire Safe Co Brass Safe Plate SP148
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped cast brass safe makers' plate originally on the door of a fireproof safe. This cushion shaped example has two screw holes for mounting and is embossed "Empire Safe Co Birmingham". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 3" x 5"  
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Price: 34.00


Empire Safe Co Brass Safe Plate SP148



Birmingham Safe Co Brass Safe Plate Cover SP147
Birmingham Safe Co Brass Safe Plate Cover SP147
Original, quality 1920's cast brass oval safe makers' plate originally from the door of a fireproof safe. This example has two screw holes for mounting and a cushioned face with embossed detail "The Birmingham Safe Co Birmingham", with a shield shaped logo to the centre. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 3.75" tall and 5.5" wide. 
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Price: 56.00


Milners Brass Safe Plate SP146
Original, quality late 19th century circular cast brass safe makers' plate with two screw holes for mounting and a very detailed embossed design of a Royal Coat of Arms above various blacksmith' etc. working armour, also "Milners London and Liverpool" in a narrow ribbon swag. Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order. 6" diam. 
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Price: 65.00


Milners Brass Safe Plate SP146



T. Withers Cast Iron Safe Plate SP145
T. Withers Cast Iron Safe Plate SP145
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped cast iron safe makers' plate from the inside of the door on a fireproof safe. This example is embossed "T. Withers and Son and Sons Estd 1855, Manufacturer West Bromwich. Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order. 3" tall x 4" wide. 
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Price: 36.00


J Grove Brass Safe Plate SP143
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped cast brass safe makers' plate of a cushioned form, with two screw holes for mounting. This example is embossed "Defiance Safe Works, Late with Chubbs, manufactured by J Grove and Sons Birmingham England". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 5" tall and 5.5" wide. 
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Price: 65.00


J Grove Brass Safe Plate SP143



J Cartwright Brass Safe Plate SP142
J Cartwright Brass Safe Plate SP142
Original, quality rectangular shaped cast brass safe makers' plate circa 1900 with canted corners and two screw holes for mounting. This super example originally from the door of a fireproof safe is embossed "Jacob Cartwright, Maker estab. 1844 West Bromwich". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 3.25" tall and 5.25" wide. 
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Price: 38.00


T. Perry Brass Safe Plate SP140
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped sheet brass safe makers' plate with two screw holes for mounting. This example is impressed "Thomas Perry and Son Ltd, Fire and Thief Resisting Safe Bilston" and infilled in black and red type. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 5" tall x 6.75" wide. 
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Price: 65.00


T. Perry Brass Safe Plate SP140



Brass Safe Plate SP139
Brass Safe Plate SP139
Original, quality 19th century cast brass safe makers' plate from the door of a fireproof safe, with two screw holes for mounting. This superb example has very detailed embossed details of a two door safe surround by flames with a registration design lozenge beneath and "Warranted Fire Resisting, Registered Nov 16th 1883 ". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order.7.25" tall and 7" wide. 
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Price: 135.00


FOF Nickel Safe Plate SP138
Original, quality 19th century cast nickel safe makers' plate from the door of a fireproof safe, with two screw holes for mounting. This example is embossed "The F.O.F Safe Cooke's (Finsbury) Ltd Finsbury Pavement House London. Fire and Thief Resisting". Complete and in good order. 4.75" tall and 6.25" wide. 
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Price: 56.00


FOF Nickel Safe Plate SP138



Universal Brass Safe Plate SP136
Universal Brass Safe Plate SP136
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped cast brass makers' plate, with two screw holes for mounting, originalyl from the door of a fireproof safe. This example is embossed "The Universal Safe, Registered trade mark" and has a lion on a crown logo. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 3.5" tall and 5.5" wide. 
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Price: 36.00


Chubb Brass Safe Plate 2 similar avaliable SP134
Original, quality 1920's cast brass safe makers' plate from the door of a fireproof safe, with two screw holes for mounting. This example is embossed "Standard Quality Safe Chubb Lock and Safe Makers' 128, Queen Victoria St London". Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 5" wide x 3.5" tall. Price is for each. 
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Price: 45.00


Chubb Brass Safe Plate 2 similar avaliable SP134



Davis Safe Co Brass Safe Plate SP133
Davis Safe Co Brass Safe Plate SP133
Original, quality rectangular shaped cast brass safe makers' plate circa 1900 with two countersunk screw holes for mounting. The example originally from a door of a fireproof safe, has canted corners and is embossed "Davis's Safe Co, Twelve Corner Bent Steel Safe, London Fields London". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 4" tall x 5" wide.  
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Price: 45.00


Birmingham Safe Co Brass Plate SP132
Original, quality oval shaped cast brass safe makers plate originally on a fireproof safe door. This example with four screw holes for mounting is embossed for "Birmingham Safe Co Ltd Burnside Birmingham England" and with the registration number for the year 1904. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 5" x 3.25".  
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Price: 36.00


Birmingham Safe Co Brass Plate SP132



Cartwright Brass Safe Plate SP130
Cartwright Brass Safe Plate SP130
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass safe makers' plate originally on the door of a fireproof safe. This example has two countersunk screw holes for mounting and is embossed "C. Cartwright and Son City Works Birmingham". Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 4.75" x 2.75".  
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Price: 36.00


Chubb Chromed Safe Plate SP129
Original, quality 1930's, chrome on cast brass safe plate, originally on the inside of the door on a fireproof safe. This example is embossed "by Royal Appointment Chubb Lock and Safe Maker, 128 Queen Victoria St London" and has two holes for mounting. Appears unused and now polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and compete and in good order. 4.75" x 3.5".  
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Price: 45.00


Chubb Chromed Safe Plate SP129



Chubbs Brass Safe Plate SP128
Chubbs Brass Safe Plate SP128
Original, quality late 19th century rectangular shaped cast brass plate original on the inside of the door on a small fireproof safe. This example is embossed "Chubb's Patent Lock Warranted Fireproof", has two holes for mounting, has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 4" x 2.5". 
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Price: 36.00


Ratner Brass Safe Plate SP127
Original, quality 1920's oval shaped cast brass safe makers' plate originally from the door of a fireproof safe. This example in the original two tone guilt finish has two holes for mounting and is embossed "Patent Fire Resisting Safe", "Ratcliff and Horner Ltd Ratner London". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 6.25" x 4.5".  
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Price: 45.00


Ratner Brass Safe Plate SP127



Phillips Brass Safe Plate SP126
Phillips Brass Safe Plate SP126
Original, quality late 19th century circular cast brass safe makers' plate with two screw holes for mounting and embossed for the safe manufacturer "Phillips and Son, Lock and Safe Co, Fire, Fall and Thief Resisting Safe Manufacturer". All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 5.75" diam.  
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Price: 56.00


Hobbs, Hart Brass Safe Plate SP125
Original, quality late 19th century rectangular shaped safe manufacturer's plate in cast pink brass, originally from the door of a fireproof safe. This superb example has two countersunk screw holes for mounting, chamfered edges, canted corners and is detailed in black infilled text "Hobbs, Hart and Co Ltd Patentees and Manufacturers London. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 8" x 5".  
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Price: 115.00


Hobbs, Hart Brass Safe Plate SP125



Cyrus Price Brass Safe Plate SP123
Cyrus Price Brass Safe Plate SP123
Original, quality late 19th century circular pressed brass safe makers' plate from the door of a fireproof safe. This example is embossed with the details for the safe manufacturer "Cyrus Price and Co, Britannia Works Wolverhampton, Patent Lock and Fire Resisting Safe Manufacturer" and "212" for the model. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order and with two holes for mounting. 6.5" diam.  
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Price: 56.00


Milners Chromed Safe Plate SP122
Original, quality 1920's, chrome on cast brass safe makers' plate, from a fireproof safe door or strongroom. This example unusual to find in chrome has the Royal Coat of Arms embossed to the centre and for the maker of the safe "Milners Patent Fire Resisting and Thief Resisting Safe, List 3" and has two screw holes for mounting. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 6.75" tall, 8" wide and 0.25" front to back.  
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Price: 65.00


Milners Chromed Safe Plate SP122



Ratner Brass Safe Plate SP120
Ratner Brass Safe Plate SP120
Original, quality 1920's, oval shaped cast brass maker's plaque from a fireproof safe door. This example is embossed "Patent Ratner, Fire and Thief Resisting Safe, London" and it has two screw holes for mounting, all has has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good order. 6" x 4.5".  
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Price: 56.00


Ratner's Safe Plate SP109
Original, quality 1920's circular brass maker's plate originally from a strongroom door. This convex shaped example has deep embossed details for the safe makers "Ratner Safe Company Ltd, Banker's Engineers, London". All has been polished and lacquered although the lacquer can be removed if required at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 8" diameter x 1.25". 
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Price: 85.00


Ratner's Safe Plate SP109



Withy Grove Stores Brass Safe Plate SP104
Withy Grove Stores Brass Safe Plate SP104
Original, quality, 1920's, oval shaped, cast brass maker's plate from a fireproof safe door, detailing 'Withy Grove Stores Manchester' and with two countersunk screw holes for mounting. Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed if required at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 6.5" x 3.5". 
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Price: 56.00


Phillip's Brass Safe Plate SP72
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast brass safe plate and handle backplate from a fireproof safe door. Embossed for the manufacturer "Phillip's and Son Birmingham" and with a good Royal coat of arms to the top. Has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed if required at no extra cost. Complete and in good order. 8.25" x 5".  
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Price: 85.00


Phillip's Brass Safe Plate SP72



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