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I have what I think to be an old (antique?) Safe. The safe

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I have what I think to be an old (antique?) Safe. The safe is locked without a key. Before I try to get in the Safe, I'd like to learn something about the Safe itself. There is a marking at the top that says "Carl Nowotny Wien" and the initials C.N.
I can't find anything on this.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Please send images of the entire front of safe and the approximate dimensions.

If you had already attached images to your initial posting, only a close up of the name 'Carl Nowotny Wien' is showing here on my end.

Please send the photos at your convenience. There is not an extra charge to provide more pictures here.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here's another pic. It is in 2 pieces. The bottom part is just a wood base that the safe sits on.
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


This safe dates to circa 1900.

The Wien, indicates Vienna, Austria.

Carl Nowotny, if the same person who is named on the safe, was a Reverend and resident of Vienna who performed musical concerts. Vienna is known worldwide as a center of classical music.

There is scant biographical information available on the Reverend, with the exception of some music books he compiled and had published around 1914.

Are there any maker names on the small dials of the safe?