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Today we are thrilled to offer for sale an all-original and outstanding antique Victorian safe vault door from the George H. Fuller & Sons Mill Building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the home of the American Industrial Revolution! This fabulous historical artifact is a true New England treasure! The George H. Fuller & Sons Company was established in 1858 and was one of the leading manufacturers within the jewelry industry of a wide range of jewelry products, such as coin frames, bezels, jump and split rings, clasps, earrings, safety pins, ring guards, pendant bails and more jewelry findings. The Fuller Mill building (enjoy the attached photos in listing of this big beautiful old building) was erected in the early 1880’s and still proudly stands in Pawtucket, RI, just a few doors down the river from Slater Mill, built in 1793 by Samuel Slater on the Blackstone River falls in downtown Pawtucket, which was the first fully mechanized cotton-spinning mill in America. This enormous (over 1000lbs) and impressive vault door was one of several safes located within the Fuller mill to safe-keep the valuable jewelry and precious metals of the company. The vault door dates to the late 1870’s and was manufactured by the Diebold Safe and Lock Company. Founded in 1859 by Charles Diebold, the Diebold Bahmann Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, manufactured safes and vaults. Twelve years later, the company received a huge boost in popularity when it was reported that all of the 878 Diebold safes involved in the Great Chicago Fire had survived with their contents intact. In 1874, the Diebold Company was chosen by Wells Fargo of San Francisco to build the world’s largest vault. Diebold Safe and Lock Company became a leader in the manufacture of huge vaults for commercial banks. This wonderful vault door and surrounded are finely crafted of steel in an elegant Victorian style. The door surround features a pair of Corinthian solomonic columns topped by a pointed pediment with Victorian detailing, all hand-painted in brown. The frame of the doorway is 20″ deep which allowed for a set of inner double doors (still complete and included) that would open into the safe. The vault door comes with an interior door molding surround to cover the seam in the cut out section of the wall where the vault door is installed. The vault door is all original and has never been painted or modified in any way. The piece was recently professionally removed from the Fuller Mill building and is ready to be re-purposed and enjoyed again! Restore it and make it look like new or use it in its’ faded grandeur patina, this doorway would make a very cool piece for a wine cellar or man cave or for an actual home or business safe! The door and accompanying surround are in as-found, untouched, all-original antique condition, with appropriate wear and patina commensurate with age and type of use. The original combination lock is present and operational. The original labels from the maker are both still intact on both sides! This is truly a very special opportunity to acquire a rare and all-original Diebold Vault safe door from a historically-significant building! Fresh to the market!
Dimensions of door (includes pediment and columns): 104″ in height, 42-1/2″ in width Dimensions of cut-out frame (the part that would go into the wall): 80″ in height, 34″ in width, and 20″ in depth
NOTE: This item is available for local pick-up right here in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Please send us a message to coordinate pick-up.
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