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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.

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)

On Vacation
returns 11/03/2014
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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2014-10-31 Identify manufacturer:

Randy, there were several makers that used the cast roping trim so that doesn't help.  Group 2 locks were much later so that's not original.  Good pictures of the wheel skirting and door handle will help

2014-10-29 brown chubb safe:

Thanks for the additional information.  This looks like a lockable cupboard rather than a coffer although it is unusual to have dual locking.  It certainly makes this item more useful but hard to say what

2014-10-29 Hall's floor safe follow up questions:

The SMNA class C is 1 hour fire rating at 1700 or 1750 deg. F.  That is good for a home or small business building, considerably better than the majority of gun safes sold today.  Not a high degree of

2014-10-29 Parts for Meilink Home Deposit Vault:

Craig, I am not so sure you are missing parts.  Unscrew that slotted screw and remove all the parts on the center tube. Then lay out all the parts you have and post another picture.  The 2 wheels were

2014-10-29 how secure is an antique safe:

Hi Alvin    Thank you for an interesting question.  Most of the really old safes, those that are over 100 years old, offer virtually no resistance at all to modern safe crackers.  However, to answer your

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