Home Safes - Images & Details
Home Safes
Two later designs incorporated the Coat of Arms of Birmingham Corporation.
A smaller safe (right)  was made with a polished nickel finish, and was manufactured by the Automatic Recording Safe Co Ltd.,
This particular design measured (mm):
length 95
height 58
The slot for coin insertion is below the handle
(photograph by Ron & Lynda Cridge)
(Right) The original design of Home Safe that was introduced in 1922.
This particular design measured (mm):
    length 110
    width    60
    height  70
and weighed approximately 525 grams
By 1958, over 130,000
safes (of three different designs) were in issue,
but approximately 120,000 were of this original design.
The manufacturers of this design of safe were:
(photograph by Norman Worwood)
The third type of Home Safe was made in a book design. This design was also used by many other financial institutions including the Post Office and Sheffield Savings Bank.
The manufacturer, however, was the Birmingham-based company, Pearson-Page-Dewsbury Co Ltd.
The book design measured (mm):
    length 120
    width    75
    depth   26
The spine of the 'book' was embossed
and also had a reproduction of the Bank's 'Key' logo
Home Safes of the 'Nickel' and 'Book' design were also issued by other Banks and Financial Institutions
(photographs by
Ron & Lynda Cridge - left
David Parkes - right)
These images are all from an original design of safe (number 70796, manufactured by Taylor Law & Co Ltd of Birmingham). They show the keyhole in the base; coin slot; hole for rolled up bank notes; and interior views of the lock mechanism and flap to prevent coins being extracted other than by the Bank's key
(Safe preserved by David Jackson;
    photographs by David Parkes)
All new Home Safes were delivered from the manufacturer in an individual cardboard box. This 'book' safe (number 28650) is shown with its original box.
A second photograph of the same safe shows the deposit hole and slot, alongside the manufacturer's name, along the top
(Safe preserved by Michael & Janet Frost;
 photographs by David Parkes)
In the late 1960s, the Bank began selling 'Thrifty Boxes' which were issued with their own key. The example (below) of a rocking horse (approximately 110mm long) was manufactured in Germany; another version of the same design featured a horse with a black body, white mane and tail, and a red saddle. The 'cat cube' was approximately 75mm high and had a lockable base; other illustrations on the boxes included a 'butterfly' and a 'squirrel'. The squirrel theme was continued by Birmingham Municipal TSB with a savings box in the shape of that creature; this 'squirrel' was 140mm high.
The Bank ceased issuing free Home Safes in 1974.
(Thrifty Boxes preserved and photographed by David Parkes)
Three aspects of the small safe manufactured by the Automatic Recording Safe Company -
this example (numbered 02669) was preserved by Nadia Macis and photographed by David Parkes
Home Safe Keys