Jewelry Safe

Marvin Safe Co.
Late 19th Century
MediumPainted cast iron, birds-eye maple, velvet
Dimensions38 3/4 × 18 3/4 × 18 3/4 inches
CreditGift of Jane E. Fortmann, 2000
Accession Number2000.04

The painted decoration on this safe reflects age-old associations of women with jewelry and flowers. Sometimes called boudoir safes, these diminutive strongholds could be used as part of the furnishings in a guest bedroom. Marvin Safes operated in New York City for over 50 years.

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