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Newsletter 02/2017

Sindelfingen, February 14th, 2017


despite their differences in design and technology, our luxury safes all have one thing in common: many hours of meticulous, painstaking craftsmanship have been put into each of them. Using three questions each, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the people who create these masterpieces of incomparable beauty and unique quality with passion and skill: our employees. We will start out with restorer Thomas Schick, who has been working at Döttling for ten years now, giving a new luster to these imposing witnesses of historic craftsmanship.

Kind regards,

Andreas K. Schlittenhardt

Three questions posed to: Thomas Schick, restorer

Where did you get the inspiration to specialize in antique safes?

I have always been interested in traditional craftsmanship. It was only a matter of time that I would concentrate on this direction professionally as well. Every time I get involved with a historical safe, its history and the traditional craft techniques used, it is almost like going back in time. Sometimes, you can even find old coins or newspaper articles inside the safes. That’s really exciting. What’s more, it simply excites me to safeguard these witnesses of ancient craftsmanship and combine them with state-of-the-art security technology.

What fascinates you most about working with luxury safes?

The term “mass production” doesn’t apply here. Every safe leaving our manufactory is unique. It is tailored to the wishes of our clients, right down to the smallest detail. What’s nice at Döttling is that we are allowed the time to bring out each of these details in a flawless manner and also in the best possible quality.

Which project, or which safe, are you particularly proud of?

The first one that springs to mind is the Legends No. 332. The Morosini brothers built this safe in Milan in 1872 for King Victor Emmanuel II. He had used it to safeguard the love letters of his mistress. The powerful boltwork was a real challenge for me, and it took three months before it was running immaculately again.

Currently, I am working on an antique wooden safe – that is, a wooden corpus reinforced with metal. This was pretty much the first safe design that ever existed. The keys for this outstanding piece had been lost over time. That is why I had to fabricate them to perfectly fit the historical locking mechanism while making sure the boltwork runs smoothly again. A tricky task, but one that has turned out successfully.

Have we awakened your interest in us, and would you like to receive further information on Döttling or even purchase a specimen? Andreas K. Schlittenhardt would be pleased to answer your request as quickly as possible.