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How to Literally “Crack” an Old Safe (45 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle   24 Jun 2013   / 12783 views

This safe was kept stored in a garage for many years. See what they finally found inside…

My cousins had this safe in their garage for a few years. It belonged to their grandmother's friend who had passed away. The friend had no family and everything to their grandmother, so the safe went to my cousin's garage. They also found a 1930's Gibson mandolin in the friends house.

Front of the safe

We tried the angle grinder first

Then switched to the air chisel

The safe was lined with this white substance. We were concerned it was asbestos but the internet told us it was probably just gypsum or plaster of paris.

Safety first!

It was lined with tin and wood

It was lined with tin and wood

Smashing away

The first view of the contents

Lost of papers and letters, and a wood box

Some of the papers. Lots of insurance, law and mortgage papers. We're pretty sure the owner was a landlord.

Found in the wood box. Looks like some costume jewelry.

Also found in the wood box. More costume jewlery.

The inside of the safe. We thought it was empty but we spotted a metal box near the top.

And here it is.

One of the boxes in the metal box. Looks like some thimbles, necklaces and rings.

Necklace found in the box. It had a label from Naples.

Locket in the box. No special markings

Bad pic of a tiny ivory elephant

I wasn't sure what was up with this pendent.

The symbol on the front


Anybody have any idea about these piece

This was very cool. It looks like a locket that has places for pictures like pages in a book.

Gold fountain pen tips

19th century life alert?

Some tie clips

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Comments (6):

Fats-T 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#29, #30, #31, #32. That's an Order of Elks pendent. The inscription is actually BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks). It's a Fraternal organization similar to the Masons. Here's a link to the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_and_Protective_Order_of_Elks
A pendant that age is probably made from a real Elk tooth. Pretty cool piece.
Cavalary 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#34 seem just ornate thimbles.
gigantes 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
so... jackpot?
Mr. Ree 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
It would have been more interesting if they had found the bones of the grandfather...

PCSinWV 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
So.... because you didn't call a locksmith to open it you destroyed the safe itself, probably the most valuable piece of the lot.
oddbal 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
+1 Exactly what i was thinking.