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Mike Palmer

I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.

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.

Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900'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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2016-12-05 Safe combination problem:

Hi William,    The dialing sequence for your safe should be     Right four times to the first number,   Left three times to the second number,   Right two times to the third number,  Left one times until

2016-12-04 Cary safe:

Hi Scarlett,    I would love to take a look at your Cary safe.   It's wonderful to find someone who has a family heirloom like this, that has been in the family and family business, that wants to keep

2016-12-01 Old Diebold:

Hi John,    Thank you for the excerpt.    It does help with a few questions that I've been looking into.    John W. Norris had a large safe and vault company (distributor) in the Portland / Seattle area

2016-12-01 The American Safe & Lock Co:

Hi Shannon,    The American Safe & Lock Company was actually in Anderson, Indiana.  The "Cincinatti, Ohio location was simply a sale office.   This company started in 1915 and was more of a distributor

2016-11-30 Safe Cabinet S.E. Type:

Hi Martin,    Yes, I can confirm that the Safe Cabinet Company, and later Safe Cabinet Laboratories (Division of Rand-Kardex or Remington-Rand) was a known user of asbestos as an insulation material.

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