• New listingAntique Meat Safe Cupboard Handmade Restored

    2 draw 2 door with screen front.
    AU $85.00
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    or Best Offer
    Ending 25 Nov at 14:04 AEDST6d 10hLocal pickupEra: 1900sMaterial: WoodStyle: Early Colonial
  • New listingantique meat safe

    Antique meat safe. Ok as is or a gem to restore. Local pick up Only.
    AU $150.00
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    Ending 25 Nov at 17:08 AEDST6d 13hLocal pickupEra: 1920s
  • Antique Vintage Meat safe Kitchen Cupboard Original Australian Hardwood Era 1930

    All in all for its age a very nice cupboard that could be put to use in any room of the house. It is Made from Australian Hard wood and Ply. Pick up only OR, Can Pass on Phone No of our Local Carrier.
    AU $250.00
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    Ending Friday at 10:38 AEDST4d 7hLocal pickupEra: 1930sMaterial: Plywood
  • Antique Meat Safe Cupboard 

    16cm leg length from floor to bottom of the cupboard. I don't know a great deal about this item. It was bought in Tasmania in the 1990's. Latches are working though rusty. It is sturdy and quite charming.
    AU $150.00
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    Ending Wednesday at 15:25 AEDST2d 12hLocal pickupMaterial: Wood
  • Australian Colonial Cedar Meat Safe / Chiffonier, Sideboard 1880

    Australian Colonial Cedar Meat Safe / Chiffonier, Sideboard 1880 Ready to Use. Dimensions in cms: High , Wide , Deep View in Store: Canterbury Antiques in Surrey Hills Contact: Mike Green at Canterbury Antiques
    AU $450.00
    Local pickupEra: 1800sStyle: Early Colonial
  • ANTIQUE VINTAGE KAURI PINE MEAT SAFE KITCHEN CUPBOARD CABINET STORAGE

    Gorgeous vintage Kauri Pine meat safe loaded with character. Mesh was replaced not long ago and there are signs of repairs done over the years, i.e. screws, brackets, etc. It's perfectly imperfect and deserving of a home where it's rustic beauty will be embraced and it's new owners will not be scared to use it. 2 drawers and shelving allow for plenty of storage and a cable hole at the back adds to it's flexibility. Measures approximately 125cm high x 65cm deep x 104cm wide. Pick up from Rowville Tues to Frid between 10am and 4pm or Kallista after hours. I can assist with delivery so send me a message and I'll do my best to get you a reasonable quote. Cheers Chris at Vintage Upcycle
    AU $495.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Era: 1910sMaterial: WoodStyle: Rustic
  • Antique Style Meat Safe

    Beautiful roomy antique meat safe. Perfect for extra pantry storage.
    AU $250.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Material: Wood
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  • antique storage - meat safe

    Antique meat safe ..original
    AU $40.00
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    Ending Wednesday at 5:37 AEDST2d 2hLocal pickupMaterial: IronStyle: Art Deco
  • Vintage ANTIQUE SOLID PINE Meat safe to restore

    Original condition. Requires a deal of restoration especially to drawer.
    AU $125.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Style: Restoration
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  • Australian Antique Meatsafe

    Antique Meatsafe, gorgeous piece. Lined drawer in top, lockable cupboards underneath. 96cm wide, 42cm deep and 106cm tall Painted in a gorgeous french blue collect St Ives
    AU $300.00
    0 bidsEnding Tuesday at 18:17 AEDST1d 15hLocal pickupMaterial: Cedar
  • Antique Unique Meat Safe

    Antique Meat Safe! •Very unique style •Obvious wear and paint chipping •Metal legs •Still quite sturdy -see pics for best description Located Horsham. Can arrange delivery to Ballarat and some Melbourne areas. Please message first Please feel free to message with any questions or queries :)
    AU $180.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
  • Kitchen Set Cupboard Cabinet Meat Safe Country Kitchen Tray Mesh Door Cupboards

    Country kitchen set including 2 cupboards also known as meat safes because of the mesh doors. And a willow creek tray. All matching coulor timber. Fantastic quality home decor furnishings in great condition. Pickup only from Ferntreegully.
    AU $79.00
    1 bidEnding Thursday at 11:41 AEDST3d 8hLocal pickupStyle: Country
  • antique aqua meat safe

    Stunning original meat safe. Must sell due to downsizing. Has been semi restored, but needs a little TLC. Dimensions - 1700H x 900W x 600D Can send more photos. Pick up only - located in Orange NSW.
    AU $600.00
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    or Best Offer
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  • Antique /vintage Australian Pine Meat Safe/ Cupboard Large

    Hi selling here is a gorgeous antique/vintage ( not too sure of age) Australian pine meat safe / cupboard. It has two doors and one drawer, with four shelves and a shelf on top. It is very nice antique condition. Pictures form part of description. Height 1610 mm Width 685 mm Depth 440 mm including handles Pick up from Northcote,Vic 3070. Will deliver for free if within 5 Km’s from Northcote, if any further ask for a quote for delivery. Really funky bit of Australian furniture/ history.
    AU $350.00
    0 bidsEnding Wednesday at 16:39 AEDST2d 13hLocal pickupMaterial: Pine
  • RARE Antique Vintage Cedar MEAT SAFE with ORIGINAL MANTLE Central VIC

    Pick up is from Maldon (3463) or from Trentham (3458) in VIC. The item is not too heavy, and could probably be transported in the back of a station wagon or sedan (if you fold down back seats). Approx 89cm wide x 38.5cm deep x 138cm high (to top of mantle decoration).
    AU $975.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Material: Cedar
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  • Vintage ANTIQUE Timber MEAT Safe CABINET Kitchen CUPBOARD with DRAWER QZZQ SA

    ANTIQUE TIMBER MEAT SAFE / CABINET Stunning unique piece! Mesh fronted with steel round mesh side holes Ultra cool boomerang chrome handles with glass knobs Top drawer Top is a lighter oak colour ~ contrasts beautifully Pointed feet Beautiful condition Measures 60.5cm wide x 42.5cm deep x 76.5cm high (86.5cm high with back ledge) Pick up from Hillbank Freight View My Other Items For Sale Add me to your Favorite Sellers View My Feedback.
    AU $350.00
    AU $80.00 postage
    or Best Offer
  • Early Australian Kauri meat-safe Quality Antique

    Rare piece. 138cm H x 94cm W x 60cm D.
    AU $1,000.00
    Local pickup
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    Style: Victorian
  • Genuine Country Style Meat Safe

    Top of safe shelf is about 109cm from the floor.
    AU $350.00
    0 bidsEnding Saturday at 8:10 AEDST5d 4hLocal pickupStyle: Country
  • Vintage Meat Safe Cupboard

    Vintage meat safe with fruit motif. Shabby distressed finish with stained and waxed top. Shelf inside and all mesh on sides intact. Measures approximately 96cm high x 76cm wide x 51cm deep. Listed for sale on other sites and is in a shop so this listing may end at any time. Contact me prior to purchasing to check availability. Pick up from Rowville Tues to Frid between 10am and 4pm or Saturday morning by prior arrangement.
    AU $249.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
  • Antique Victorian Cedar Shield Fronted Chiffonier Meat Safe

    Drawer with green felt and shield panel doors with timber shelf. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION FOR AGE.
    AU $750.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Style: Victorian
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  • Retro Old School Ice Chest Box Vintage Fridge Antique Meat Safe

    THIS WOULD MAKE A LOVELY ADDITION TO MAN CAVE OR RETRO COLLECTION.
    AU $165.00
    Local pickup
  • New listingmeat safe antique. Very large piece. Excellent condition.

    2045mm tall, 1365mm wide and header 1460mm, 610mm deep. Fancy footer and header, removable for transportation. Must be viewed to appreciate size and beauty. Pictures give an idea but do not do it justice.
    AU $2,000.00
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    Ending 25 Nov at 14:48 AEDST6d 11hLocal pickupEra: 1800sMaterial: Pine
  • Vintage Metal Mesh Cheese Meat Safe Chest Industrial Chic

    In good condition this vintage Meat Safe measures approximately 42cm x 32cm and has 2 internal shelves, front knob is a little loose. Cash on pick up from the glenroy area Melbourne or delivery is available.
    AU $30.00
    0 bidsEnding Today at 20:30 AEDST17h 15m
  • New listingVINTAGE ANTIQUE MEAT SAFE PANTRY CUPBOARD STORAGE EARLY 20/30s ? SOLID TIMBER

    THIS WAS THE ULTIMATE ALL IN ONE KITCHEN ESSENTIAL, PANTRY, DISPLAY CABINET & FRIDGE. SOLID TIMBER/PLYWOOD WITH A SMALL HOLE ON SIDE. GLASS DOOR PANELS FOR DISPLAY AREA, ONE PANEL IS MISSING.
    AU $284.99
    0 bidsEnding 28 Nov at 21:36 AEDST9d 18hLocal pickup
  • New listingAustralian Pine Antique Meat Safe/Cupboard/Cabinet

    Fabulous pine meat safe Professionally restored I've had this a number of years and has served a multitude of purposes depending on what house i was living in... Pantry, bathroom cabinet, kids craft work, bookcase The gauze does have some markings The shelves are marked as shown the restorer couldn't get them out, but i loved it, shows it's character Measures 139cm high x 76 cm wide x 47 cm deep Reluctant sale
    AU $200.00
    0 bidsEnding 25 Nov at 21:22 AEDST6d 18hLocal pickupMaterial: Pine
  • ANTIQUE PINE HANGING COOLGARDIE MEATSAFE FOOD SAFE CABINET WOODEN TIMBER

    NICE BLACKSMITH FORGED HANGING LOOP. IN GOOD SOLID CONDITION.
    AU $165.00
    Local pickup
  • Antique European Baltic Pine Meatsafe Cabinet c1900 - Very Good condition

    It is lockable with a key and features lovely ceramic handles. The handles are fully usable but a couple of them need tightening. Height 106.5cm. Width 95.3cm.
    AU $795.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Era: 1900sMaterial: Pine
  • Antique Vintage Meatsafe cupboard

    • Large Pine Meatsafe • Mesh sides have been replaced with timber paneling and painted black..very solid and wonderful condition for its age. Shield front door. Measurements- Width 84cm Depth 42cm Height 117.5cm Pickup from Forest Hill Q 4342 Payment within 3 days
    AU $325.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
    Material: Pine
  • Replica meatsafe - beautifully designed, very good condition

    Depth 52cm.
    AU $200.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer
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Meat Safes

A meat safe, sometimes called an icebox or ice chest, is an antique piece of furniture usually fashioned with wooden housing around antique metal cooling elements designed to, as the name suggests, keep meat safe for consumption for a longer period of time. Meat safes come in a wide variety of styles and materials. As a general rule of thumb, use these antiques for display purposes only, rather than their original intended purposes.

Meat Safe Eras

People used meat safes when they had no access to traditional refrigerators or ice chests, meaning meat safes were popular in the 1800s and common in rural areas through to the 1920s and in some rare cases, even the 1950s. A meat safe dating in the 1800s is likely made primarily of wood, whereas more recently manufactured meat safes feature metal in their construction.

Wooden Meat Safes

As with most antique cabinets and cupboards, wooden meat safes come in a variety of materials. Pine and cedar are by far the most common wood used in antique meat safe construction, and many feature elegant panelling around the interior metal cases. Many doors of wooden meat safes are set with clear, frosted, or textured glass. The occasional wooden meat safe may feature ornamental parquetry or mouldings.

Metal Meat Safes

Metal meat safes generally date more recently than wooden meat safes, as metal manufacturing techniques improved. Most have one or two shelves, and some feature perforated or solid walls. Steel comprises the primary material of most metal meat safes, and they vary in style from industrial to rustic.

Meat Safe Styles

Rustic antique cabinets and cupboards come in a whole host of styles, usually related to the era of construction. Meat safes are no different, and have undergone a wide range of styles during the times of their use. Colonial meat safes, with simple, clean lines and strong but simplistic joinery, and Victorian styles with subtle, classic curves and spare ornamentation are among the most common you find.

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