An Early Victorian Milner’s 212 Patent Strong Box with Original Brass Fittings & Working Key
An early Victorian Milner’s 212 Patent Strong Box with Original Brass Fittings and Working Key Dated 1857.
This strong box represents significant development from the early cast iron strong boxes made by the likes of Colebrookdale. The 212 patent from Milner is not just a trademark, it represents a fire resistant mixture of sand, sawdust and alum crystals that was injected into the sides of the box. During a fire, these contents owing to the chemical reaction of the ingredients were guaranteed not to heat up beyond 212 degrees fahrenheit. The mixture can still be heard on lifting of the lid.
A lovely piece of Victorian ingenuity with superb presence, if you need to store valuables it’s unlikely that you’d find anything more stylish. Milner were a significant competitor of Chubb and were ultimately consumed by them in the early twentieth century.