Pictured is an extremely rare Carl Ade antique safe which is for sale in our store. This may be the only one in the U.S. as I have never seen or heard of another one. You can find posters and prints of old Carl Ade advertisements, but not actual safes. A German member of the Safe and Vault Technician’s Association has seen several in Europe. He said it was built in Stuttgart Germany between 1888 and 1892. This particular safe was brought to Michigan in the 1970’s by a German manufacturer when they built a factory here.
The safe is 36” tall by 28” wide and is built into a beautiful wooden cabinet which is 67” tall. It features true German quality including the most air-tight door I have ever seen. The key is a rectangular brass tube ½” x 3/16” x 2 ¼”, with openings on the end and one side to expose precision tumblers inside. Security is enhanced by unique hook-type bolts, which I have not seen anywhere else.
If anyone has ever seen another Carl Ade safe please call to let me know. We are always looking to buy high quality antique safes and vault doors.