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Diet Coke or Diversion Safe?

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Most families have a Diet Coke addict among them.  Making the ever so clever Diet Crack nick name all the better.  I’ve done a previous post on these fun diversion safes before, but when I found the Diet Coke version I had to share.   Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with these types of hiding vessels.  When I was a teen I even made my own book safe by cutting out the center of one of my Father’s medical books.  With that said, these products are made to hide certain valuables “In Plain Sight.”  Most definitely not the place for your crown jewels, but not bad to have around if your home has higher than normal traffic, and who doesn’t want to keep honest people honest.

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September 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

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Safe Find | California Car Wash Safe Revisited

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I was recently back in the Bay Area and once again found myself at Lozano’s Car Wash in Mountain View, which has a classic Americana design that resonates throughout California.   Here is where I first stumbled upon an antique safe and decided to create the “Safe” category for The|Coinologist.  This safe was manufactured by the Cary Safe Company of Buffalo, NY.  I would say it is no worse for ware, though the fun dog magnet has seem run off.  Check out other Coinologist “Safes” posts here.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 26, 2012 at 7:26 am

Safe Find | Antique Cast Iron Safe

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Going through my drafts I found this safe which I never posted about.  Its ad is long gone, but it said it is a cast iron safe and I just can’t make out the print on the door, poor photo quality!  With all that aside it is a seriously heavy-duty safe from the late 19th century.  I can make out that is was manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Shocker!   Having been focusing on higher quality antique safes these days, I just can’t shove aside these not so well taken care of metal beasts that have so much character.  Check out other Coinologist Safe posts here.

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January 17, 2012 at 8:17 am

Safe Find | Austrian Key Safe

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Antique steel Austrian key safe.  Mid to late 1800’s.  Front says “Warranted Fireproof” “Made in Austria.”  Safe has two keys one operates deadbolt, the other opens a compartment inside the safe.  Original keys are included and all locks are operational.  This unique safe sits on a wooden cabinet with locking front door.  Located right here in Las Vegas, this would be a wonderful conversation piece.  If you interested in this safe click here.  For other Coinologist safe posts click here.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

November 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

Safe Find | Vintage Safe in Summerlin

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Vintage all metal Safe they don’t build them like this anymore.

Norman.

Should you be interested in Norman’s safe click here!

For other fun Coinologist Safe posts click here!

Written by Robert L. Wilson

November 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

Safe Find | Antique 1883 Mosler Safe

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I found this Mosler safe while browsing the Denver, Colorado Craigslist section.  The ad reads:  “This safe was built-in 1882! It’s in great shape! I have the combo and keys! 64in tall, 38in wide, 29 deep! 4000 lbs, possible cash and trade !”  It appears to be in great shape and has some wonderful artwork on it.  It’s a little off the subject, but I really like that clock on top of the safe!

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August 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

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Hiding In Plain Sight

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Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with these types of hiding vessels.  When I was a teen I even made my own book safe by cutting out the middle of one of my Father’s medical books.  I loved it, though I’m sure the Merck Manual on Diphtheria had no problem standing out next to my books on coins and exotic cars.  With that said, these products are made to hide certain valuables “In Plain Sight.”  Most definitely not the place for your crown jewels, but not bad to have around if your home has higher than normal traffic, and who doesn’t want to keep honest people honest.

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August 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

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Safe Find | BROWN SAFE

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Little did I know there was a rise, fall, then a rise again of manufacturers of quality safes in the United States.  I have done many posts on the quality safes that were made here in the nineteenth and twentieth century.  Names like Victor, Cary, and Herring-Hall-Marvin were made in the U.S.A., and built to last.  Then came the import assault.  An influx of highly affordable and very poorly built safes imported primarily from China.  This rapidly put most American safe builders out of business.  But the strong survive, and the Brown Safe Company was just that.  Founded in 1980 it has grown into the premier safe and vault company providing worldwide security solutions.  These safes and vault doors are first class!

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July 21, 2011 at 7:21 am

RocLok | Hide A Key

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Well I did yesterday’s post more for fun than anything else, but after a little research I found some people take hiding keys very seriously.  The RocLok Company has made it their goal to keep your hidden house key safe and away from criminal hands.  Made in the USA and ready for your toughest test, I believe the RocLok would be my choice over the $5 Amazon special.

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July 12, 2011 at 4:12 am

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The Classic Rock Hide a Key

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Forget putting the key underneath the mat.  Here we have the classic Rock Hide a Key.  Pick one of these up directly from Amazon for under five bucks including shipping.  Be sure to be safe and don’t put your spare key under the welcome mat or on the top door sill.  The Rock Hide a Key, a distant cousin of the Pet Rock, can be placed anywhere in your yard to save you from the crazy times when your locked out of your house, or just when you need to let a friend in when you’re not at home.

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July 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

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