Döttling is traditional manufacturer of finest antique and high security luxury safes from Maichingen, Germany. Victor Emmanuel II (1820 – 1878) was king of Sardinia from 1849 until 17 March 1861, when he assumed the title King of Italy to become the first king of a united Italy since the 6th century, a title he held until his death in 1878. The Italians gave him the epithet Father of the Fatherland. If you wonder what a Döttling safe and Victor Emmanuel II may possibly have in common.
If you are guessing that the safe in question belonged to him, you are correct.
The safe was made in 1872 by the Morosini brothers of Milan, who were commissioned by the King to exclusively store love letters from, and memorabilia pertaining to, his great love, Vercellana. The safe has now been restored by the folks at the Döttling manufactory, who took 19 months to delicately bring this masterpiece back to life.
The royal origins of the safe are visible inside both heavy doors, where the fittings are encased in ornate brass ornaments displaying the royal coat of arms of the House of Savoy, which is topped off by the crown.
Two wonderful details found inside the doors were engraved as a sort of secret code probably known only to the king to remind him of his love: both inside door fittings are embellished with engraved roses symbolizing “Rosa,” the first name of the king’s great love. It is assumed that the two medallions containing gold-plated faces on the outside of the safe depict the king’s mistress.
Access to the interior of the safe is granted through one of the two medallions by activating a secret mechanism to expose the keyhole behind it.
The new owner of this incredible piece of history can customize the inside of the safe as he or she wishes, as Döttling specializes in bespoke solutions. Customization can also include any number of watch winders or place for jewelry, cigars, or anything else.