This firm started out, in 1806, as a general iron foundry and plate
rollers. They started to specialise in armour plate and probably
saw that as a good basis on which to move in to safe making but the date
at which they did so is not known.
They do not seem to have made their own locks and keys, which would
have been readily obtainable locally.
This company is said to have made the safes aboard RMS Titanic.
This advert (undated but probably about 1900) is in the
Willenhall Lock Museum.
|This Thomas Perry safe was bought (by Terry, who
also supplied the photos) in North America.
In recent decades safes have been exported to Canada and the USA
as antiques. But, despite what must have been their enormous
weight, they were exported around the world, including to North
America, where there was a large security industry.
||This fine, brass maker's plate is on the safe shown
The advertising folder shown below is undated but appears to be from the
turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Presumably B. Farringdon of
Brighton was not their only agent; any agent's name would have been printed
into the space.
A Thomas Perry
safe found in 2016 in a farmyard in Deerness, Orkney.
It is rather the
worse for wear.
Courtesy of Steve
The brass safe plates below come from the collections of Reg Aston and
This safe plate (below) indicates that either the firm moved to
West Bromwich or they were taken over by someone in West Bromwich.
It is recorded that in 1925 the firm decided to make mill
rolls exclusively, so it may be it was at that juncture that they sold
off the safe making side of the business to a firm in West Bromwich.
How long these "successors" operated is not known.
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