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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.

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.

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.

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2014-10-19 2 antique safes restoration/value or sale:

Hi Christine,    Both very nice safes though they BOTH need extensive restoration work.    The Diebold is what we term an "automatic".    When the time lock is set, and the door is closed, the lock would

2014-10-18 Safe:

Kirk, not sure what info you are looking for.  It was designed to be a business grade fire resistant safe and made sometime from the 1880's up to around 1920.  A well made safe designed to have a very

2014-10-17 The Phoenix Safe Company:

Hi Tim,    this was one of several "labels" for safes made and sold by Remington - Rand, between 1927 to 1956.    By selling under different labels,  a manufacturer could hit the same market several times

2014-10-17 Halls safe:

Hi David,    There have been several "Hall's" safe manufacturers, so the first thing that we need to do is to see what you actually have.  We need to figure out which company actually made your safe, and

2014-10-16 Antique Safe:

Hi Mark,    I've taken a look at all four of your photos.   Your safe appears to be a Schwab Safe    The Schwab Safe Company was started around 1872 by Leo Schwab, and it continued until it was acquired

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