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I can answer pretty much most questions on any make and model safes from vintage to modern as well as high security safes and bank vaults.

Mike Palmer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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2014-09-20 ID of Safe:

Hi James.    As it is a Herring safe, it is pre 1892.    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to try to answer any specific questions that you have about it.    In order to answer specific questions

2014-09-20 Mosler Safe:

Hi Gloria,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to answer specific questions about the safe, however I do not provide methods for selling it at this time.   Just like any other item, if you

2014-09-19 Meilink safe:

Hi Chip,    You were probably looking at the "Safe Manufacturers National Association" (SMNA) label.   This was a testing agency similar to UL and has nothing to do with the actual safe or manufacturer

2014-09-17 Id a Key ?:

Hello Simon,    My expertise is in British and European safes so I don't usually accept questions from elsewhere.  However, I can offer some comments regarding this key.    Way before lever locks were

2014-09-15 Edwards & Kershaw Safe:

Hi Tammy,    I'll start off with the basic history of the company.    Edwards & Kershaw, Safe & Lock Manufacturers, Boston, MA  (1857-1885)  Oliver Edwards of Eaton MA was first employed by his brother

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