as above, The Safe is placed in a Strong Room / with a wr[ough]t Iron Door & Frame / thereto and two of Bramahs / Locks, of different suits / are affixed thereto // When the Iron Safe was about to be / made for the Swansea Branch it / was ascertained that the Strong Room / in which it was to be placed was / not sufficiently long to admit of / the Safe opening at both ends /
as on the Plan that had been adopted at Gloucester / and it likewise conceived that from the depth of the / Room it would be more convenient / if the the Doors were made to open / folding instead of in one & accordingly it / was made so; On the one Door there --- --- / is a spring latch shooting two / Slingbolts into the top upper and / bottom of the safe on the and as / the other Door are two of Bram[ahs] / Patent Locks of different suits / shooting two bolts each into the / strong upright bolt of the Latch // This safe was considered to be perfectly / satisfact[or]y by the Agent at the / time it was made and an / ---------- (illegible) object has since been made to / it // when it was first / used, and // it was consequently / directed to be made / to open in front only / instead of the two / ends.
Medium and dimensions
Pen on laid secretary paper with four fold marks (323 x 201)
Britannia holding lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval
Mention of the safe at the Gloucester branch bank reveals that plans and ideas were consulted and adapted to suit other branch banks where appropriate.
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