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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.


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.

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.

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.

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2014-08-20 Meilink Shelf Brackets:

Richard,    These were made by Meilink for their products.    They are part of FireKing International now, and I don't believe the newer units use these same brackets.  You can contact FireKing Int. to

2014-08-20 Old Safe Needs Opening:

Chris,    This is a Diebold Single bolt lug door, usually using a Diebold 900 lock.   The mounted lock can be either right hand or left hand.    The lock is key changeable, however the position of the

2014-08-19 Schwab safe parts:

Hi Tony,    Unfortunately, unlike with older cars, there simply isn't any after market safe parts manufacturers.   There simply isn't a big enough demand to make all of the various parts for all of the

2014-08-19 Locked safe:

Hi David,    The dialing sequence for the Morse & Ireland safes that I've seen, with an alpha bet dial were as follows:    4 times left to the first letter,  3 times right to the second letter,  2 times

2014-08-18 T.Withers Safe:

Hello Michael,    Thomas Withers made safes for many years and produced many different models.  To comment further on your safe I would need a couple of pictures; one with the door shut showing the entire

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