Antique French Safe by Bauche

Antique Bauche Safe Nameplate

This Bauche safe came from Avignon “The City of Two Popes” in Southern France. It dates to around 1870. As the pictures show below, it was in a very rusted state when we acquired it.

Antique Bauche Safe

Antique Bauche Safe

Antique Bauche Safe Nameplate

Antique Bauche Safe Interior

We disassembled it completely, including the lock mechanism, and chemically removed the old paint (which was old, but not original). After wire brushing the interior, all the parts were submersed in a bath of liquid rust remover. We then painted the interior with a rust inhibitor primer and followed up with a satin black enamel.

Antique Bauche Safe

Antique Bauche Safe Interior

Antique Bauche Safe Lock and Key

Antique Bauche Safe Locking Mechanism

We left the exterior plate steel bare (no paint) to keep it’s raw and rustic charm and sprayed the exterior with a clear satin. After some wire brushing to the cast parts and polishing to other parts, we reassembled everything and redid the interior.

Antique Bauche Safe Nameplate

The nameplate reads “INCOMBUSTIBLE SYSTEME BAUCHE BREVETE S.G.D.G. USINE A GUEUX.”

Antique Bauche Safe

Bauche was known for it’s “incombustible” fire resistant safes. In 1967, they merged with Fichet to form Fichet-Bauche which still produces high-end safes today.

6 thoughts on “Antique French Safe by Bauche

  1. HI
    I have got an incombustable system brevete s.g.d.g.usine a gueux.
    But have not got the key or part of the lock, can i buy the complete lock?
    How much would cost?
    Are you interested in buying the save as it is?
    Please let me know.
    Thank you.

    1. Making a key for the lock isn’t very hard if the safe is open – I doubt you will find a replacement lock. Your best bet would be to list your safe on ebay.

      1. I have one off these safes in good condition
        With original key and combination locks
        Still with felt inside

        What value do you think it is worth

        1. It’s really hard to say because very few of them are here the US and they rarely come on the market. I’ve seen a few in fair to good condition sell in the $1,000 – $2,500 range. I saw one in excellent condition go for about double that at auction.

  2. Bonjour
    Je possèdes ce model de coffre. Par contre, un enfant a tourné les roulettes, je ne peux plus l’ouvrir. Auriez vous une solution. D’avance merci Jean Marie Malheuvre

    1. There are a possible 729 letter combinations, but if you start with the left dial and place it on a letter, you should notice a different clicking sound when you rotate the dial on the right to the correct letter.

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