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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.

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.

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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2016-10-23 S.C Herring Safe:

Hi Todd,    sorry but first I have to start with the "vintage" thing - unless it was harvested from a vineyard or bottled as a wine, it is NOT vintage, which ONLY describes the year or age of a wine or

2016-10-23 Whitfield safe, double door.:

Hello Stephen,    Whitfield was one of scores of small safe-makers that burgeoned in the late Victorian era but I am going to need a picture or two to date it and identify its type of construction.  You

2016-10-20 Question regarding prior post:

Hi Keith,    I don't know if you noticed but your name plate is NOT the same as the one you referenced.   If you look very closely (probably can't make it out cause it's slightly out of focus),  Under

2016-10-20 opening lowrie s & l mfg chicago ill:

Hi Ray,    Sorry but for obvious security and liability reasons we do not give out ANY information on opening safes, other than the proper dialing sequence for the lock we would expect to find installed

2016-10-20 J&J Taylor safe works:

Hi Chris,    Sorry but there are no records available by serial number for safes from this manufacturer.    Manufacturers NEVER release any records pertaining to the safes, serial numbers or who may have

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