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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland Safes from the 1860's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

Tom Gordon

UK lock, physical security and safes with worldclass collections of safe plaques and Chatwood items. I do NOT have expert knowledge of American safes.

Doug MacQueen

This unusual and highly innovative safe from the later 1800's is a Corliss. William, the much younger brother of George Corliss of steam engine fame, spent several years perfecting this design and it was first displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia U.S. Centennial Exhibition. I do extensive patent research helping me in the study of antique U.S. safes and safe locks. Repairs and part making for antique U.S. safes of the early to mid 1800's, both key and combination. Also the study of early round door chest designs up to and including cannonball safes of the early 1900's.

Mike Palmer

On Vacation
returns 05/01/2014
I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm not able to comment on safes made in the USA but will be happy to take questions on all major British and European manufacturers.

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2014-04-15 Victor Strong box:

Hi Wayne,    Sorry but there is no such thing as "replica locks"!   There simply isn't a market for them.   If the lock is missing you possibly will never find one.   There are no sources for these locks

2014-04-15 Victor Strong box:

Wayne,    Victor Safe and Lock made thousands of these "Quartermaster" chests for the US Military for use in WWI.    These containers were used to secure everything from payrolls to small arms and documents

2014-04-15 Victor Safe:

Danielle,    Unfortunately, this safe probably isn't going to be as old as you are hoping.   I would be more than happy to look at your safe to answer any questions though.    In order to answer questions

2014-04-15 herring hall marvin vault door:

Hi George,    I would be more than happy to look at your door to determine what you actually have and about when it was made.    If it has the HHM logo then it can't have been made prior to 1892, however

2014-04-14 old bank safe:

Hi Doug,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe - however you will have to advertise to find a buyer.    Unfortunately safes like this take a special buyer, because of the size and weight.

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