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  1. #21
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    Safeman,

    Good bit of info there and thanks for posting it.

    I am not that sure what Mk my Bullion safe is. One of the bolts is stamped 78494 which safe 'guru' Mike Palmer dates as being from the mid 70's.

    The other safe I had was a Mk 9 Bankers,not Mk8,which did have various plates within its doors that were stamped 'X-Ray'.

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    This may, or may not work, but I have attempted to post a pdf copy of the Tann Bankers Mk 9 ( 1X ) which gives details of the anti x-ray devices it had built into it.

    Bankers Cash MK IX.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Safeone View Post
    Thanks for the info Chubby. Pics below of my 'base model' Bullion



    Attachment 12846Attachment 12847Attachment 12848
    Yes, that's the boy! Doubtless made for anybody poor who needed a safe of that quality so had to get an economy model. All the units from that epoch really strike a chord with me.

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    Huge old thing that is....... dont like to see safes chucked outside like that.

    My experience is that things soon rust and sieze when exposed to the elements.

    Cruelty to safes, cant abide it

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    Default Your Bullion Mk.5.

    Quote Originally Posted by Safeone View Post
    Safeman,

    Good bit of info there and thanks for posting it.

    I am not that sure what Mk my Bullion safe is. One of the bolts is stamped 78494 which safe 'guru' Mike Palmer dates as being from the mid 70's.

    The other safe I had was a Mk 9 Bankers,not Mk8,which did have various plates within its doors that were stamped 'X-Ray'.

    Pis show bolt number & inside door stickerClick image for larger version. 

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    The safe number 78494 was made late 1971 or early 1972 at the time
    of the Mark 5 Series Bullion.

    With regard to the references to X-Ray protection, I'm inclined towards the
    theory that brochures carrying this extra statement were destined for the
    US dealerships where the requirements for combination locks was almost
    standard and where this might have carried some weight.

    Only a theory but I am seeking verification from one of Tann's ex-dealers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by safeman View Post
    The safe number 78494 was made late 1971 or early 1972 at the time
    of the Mark 5 Series Bullion.

    With regard to the references to X-Ray protection, I'm inclined towards the
    theory that brochures carrying this extra statement were destined for the
    US dealerships where the requirements for combination locks was almost
    standard and where this might have carried some weight.

    Only a theory but I am seeking verification from one of Tann's ex-dealers.
    Appreciate your input on this. Somewhere I have a picture on the Mk 9 Bankers and a couple of shots of the internals. Hopefully I will be able to find and post them on here for other 'safe nuts' to view.

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    Default That double door Ratner

    What model is that one on Ebay? How old?

    I could find that a good home.

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    On the subject of top of the line stuff, does anyone have any photo's (not catalogue images) of any Hobbs progress G stuff ? it looks impressive in the catalogues so actual pictures would probably require a health warning for those of a nervous disposition and bibs to catch the drool ........

    Re the ratner - I would guess that dates from the period when Ratner and Tann were both owned by Levys ?

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    Yes, it looks about that epoch. 1970s?

    If there were keys with it it might be worth looking at but I doubt it. You would need a truck with a Hiab grip lift to move it. I should think the owner will end up having to pay to have it moved! Shame really, what a beauty for a retail jeweller!

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