This manufacturer of safes was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Chestnut Street. (We have given a partial history at the end of the listing.)
Country of Origin: United States.
Size: 5" by 7".
Condition: The end of the tail of the left fish is absent; minor corrosion; overall Good Condition.
Provenance: The William Johnson Collection.
Silas Herring became interested in Wilder Safes around 1840-1841. He became an agent for Wilder and later a manufacture. By 1844 Wilder Safes were made under patent by Herring. John Farrel founded Farrel & Company, or Farrel Safe Works in 1844. Herring and Farrel merged in 1861, but kept separate names almost always until 1869. Joined between 1869-1885, but the two factories remained in Philadelphia and New York. Safes that came from the New York factory were “Herring-Farrel” and safes from Philadelphia factory were Farrel-Herring Safes. 1856 Philadelphia Directory listing for “Farrels & Herring” under Salamander safes. Note It appears that Silas F. Herring and John Farrel had business arrangements prior to the 1861 merger, and they may have used the “Farrels & Herring” logo, much earlier than the 1869 date, as this piece may indicate.
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