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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

U.S.
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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

U.S.
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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

U.K.
Available
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.

Tom Gordon

U.K.
Available
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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2015-05-21 Antique safe, Sargent and Greenleaf dial:

Hi Christopher,    While I do applaud your enthusiasm for wanting to get the safe opened and to use all of your "power tools", I have to warn you that damaging an antique safe is against the law, and you

2015-05-21 Safe Cabinet Laboratory: 2-drawer roll around:

Hi Sally    Glad you are happy with it - now for the bad news.    These containers were built during the 1930's through 1955.    They are not antique, nor are they collectible.   The SMNA Specification

2015-05-20 Antique Safe:

Attempting to dial it open is obviously the best way on an unknown situation.  Second best is to attempt a back attack.  Drill several holes through the back and disassemble the lock.  No sophisticated

2015-05-20 Antique Safe:

Daniela, interesting safe you have there.  Almost 100% sure it was made by Herring Safe of NYC in the late 1860's.  However the handle doesn't look like Herring.  Can you take a picture with the door open

2015-05-19 Old fire safe:

Hi Lextin,    I have no information of this company having been a manufacturer.   I am aware of the name of this company, however lots of smaller companies play themselves off as a manufacture though they

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