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Swiss Bank Safe Deposit Boxes Frequently Asked Questions
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What are these boxes and how were they
Most Swiss banks have a vault room where individual clients
can rent out a strong box to deposit precious items and documents. To ensure the
system’s security, two different keys must be used at the same time to open the
box. One is the bank’s key and the other belongs to the client. This means the
banker will be there when the client opens the box. To make sure the client’s
privacy is preserved, there is a removable metal box inside the strong box. The
client takes this removable box to a private booth where he can do what he wants
with the contents in the fullest privacy.
These boxes are most often left at the bank and it is
only rarely that a client would take it home. The box would always remain the
bank’s property and it is extremely rare that one would be available for
purchase by a Swiss, let alone by a foreigner.
Is the box burglar-proof?How do people who buy boxes use
No. These boxes were made to hold and carry the valuable
items stored in a locked strong box located in the bank’s vault. They are made
of chromed tin with optional brass handle and lock. You can padlock them but
they will not withstand the assault of a professional burglar worth his
Our bank boxes have all sorts of functions.
Some people use them to store documents, collections of small items, etc… Many
people display them in their home or office, sometimes as a place to empty their
pockets (metaphorically) or as a holder for sweets or brochures.
What sort of items did these
People would store all sorts of valuable items in these
boxes. Small boxes could contain such items as gold coins and gold bars, jewels,
bonds and shares, contracts, official documents or even compromising letters.
Larger boxes would be used for paintings, sculptures
Are these real boxes from a real
Absolutely! You will get a certificate
from a Swiss notary public certifying the provenance of your box.
Some man on the Internet is
selling tin boxes for 1$ - how does this compare to what you are
We sell authentic, vintage Swiss bank boxes from a
real Swiss bank and which have been used for many decades. These are unique
Swiss banking souvenir with an authenticity certificate, not some two-bit
made-who-know-where tin boxes.
I am a wholesaler, a
shopkeeper, a decorator and I would like to buy a number of doors or boxes – can
I do that?
Absolutely. We welcome wholesale
inquiries and creative decoration ideas and can offer quantity discounts – just
contact us. One thing we cannot do is create more boxes than we have. These are
original items and we have only a limited number of boxes on hand – first come,
What happened to the vault where
these boxes come from?
Two Swiss banks merged a few years ago and in a
large Swiss city the new bank suddendly owned two large bank buildings facing
each other on the same street. They renovated one at huge expense and sold the
other one. The vault room in the sold building was one of the largest and most
beautiful in Switzerland, spreading over 3 floors. After very long negotiations
with several parties, Micheloud & Cie was finally able to buy the entire
vault room (not including of course the contents which had already been
transferred to the new room!).
Can I get a box with my favorite
bank uses boxes inside the safety deposit boxes?
Yes, if we have it and for an extra charge.
Please let us know of the box number you would like to have and we will revert
to you to confirm if it still available. Contact us as soon as possible since
each number is on one box and one box only.
but the largest Swiss bank safety deposit boxes use an inside box. This for
three reasons. 1) To protect the client privacy, as he can take the inside box
out of the locked safety box and bring it to a private room where only he can
see what goes inside. 2) To take full advantage of the safety deposit box’s
size. It is much easier to take out the box that occupies the full volume of the
space rented by the bank and easily access its content. 3) In case of death or
technical repairs, the bank can ask its own locksmith to drill a box and have a
Swiss notary be present to put a sealed security ribbon around the box to
guarantee that the box contents will be untouched and kept private from all but