Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014

Cannonball safe from years past

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It looks like a washing machine but it’s an unusual, round safe in the charred vault of the Old Bank Building in Marlinton. Known as cannonball safes, they were first made in the mid to late 1800s. Large commercial cannonball safes used in banks, referred to as having a “ball on box” design, were often ornately decorated on the inside and out with hand-jeweling, gold fleck paint, pin striping, engravings, and hand-painted designs and scenes. This unit likely will fetch only scrap metal value.


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