This small strongbox “safe” was manufactured by Bauche in Gueux, France and dates to around 1865. Auguste-Nicolas Bauche was an expert in fire-resistant materials and this safe still has its fire resistant interior. The lock box is made of steel and weighs approximately 28 pounds.
The central medallion reads “INCOMBUSTIBLE NOUVEAU SYSTEME BREVETE S.G.D.G. BAUCHE A GUEUX (MARNE).” There is a single storage compartment that is accessed with one key. The outside dimensions are roughly 8-3/4″ D x 13-1/4″ W x 9″ H (to top of handle).
The antique Bauche safes are highly collectible in France and the rest of Europe and you rarely see them in the United States. Left in its original condition.