The History Of Safes
From The Origins Until Ancient Rome A safe can be many things to many different people; ultimately safes provide security, a sense of trust and reliability.
Many people use safes to protect valuables, memories and important documentation from fire, flooding, burglary and damage. Nowadays the technology in safes is so advanced that there is the perfect safe to suit any home, business or property with a variety of different security options depending on the contents of the safe and the owner’s personal preference.
However, where did safes come from and what made safes the invention that they are today? 13th Century BC While treasure chests have been a longstanding device, the first recovery of a lockable chest was found in the tomb of Pharoah Ramses the Second. This first instance of a safe involved a wooden mechanical lock; it is now known in modern terms as pin tumbler locks.
This is where wooden pins fall into the bolt hole under their own weight and, in effect, lock the door. While this was the first evidence of safes, many different civilisations were also developing wooden lockable devices at the same time. As this creation improved, we have seen the devices get more sophisticated, with improved materials throughout the ages.
Ancient Rome The Romans were claimed to have progressed the development of safes further through advanced locking technology. Romans used padlocks with spring mechanism as well as inventing locks with a variety of notches, to help prevent one key from opening all of the locks. While evidence is found in Roman settlements that make us believe that Romans were the ones to progress locking devices.
Merchants world over used locking devices to protect their goods from thieves. Locks were intricately designed, and in some cases, beautiful, featuring shapes of birds, animals, religious symbols and even embodied various figures.
While safes today are more sophisticated and practical than the intricately carved locks used in Roman times, these locks were not only well designed but intelligently crafted which helped the progression of safes throughout history.