An extremely rare piece, this magnificent antique French safe was built in approximately the year 1825 by the prominent safe manufacturer, Magaud de Charf, in Marseille, France. This work of art is a one-of-a-kind and is followed by a unique history.
The Magaud de Charf was hand-made in France, then taken to Algeria during the period of French colonization (1830-1962). At some point after French departure from a newly independent Algeria, the Magaud de Charf, after more than a century of proud service in Africa, found its way back to France.
Because it was forbidden to export antiques from Algeria, this safe had to be smuggled – and was most likely done by way of diplomatic means. As you immediately look at this safe, you will notice several golden ornaments. They are all original, including the lion’s head, and are all plated in 24 carat gold. It is very rare to find a safe of this caliber to have all of the original ornaments.
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