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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 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.

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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2016-02-06 Open safe:

Hi Craig,    Sorry that you misunderstood my comments.   I didn't accuse you of anything, what I said was that I have no way of knowing who you are or what your relationship to the safe is.    The policy

2016-02-05 Herring-Hall-Marvin pedestal safe:

Hi Blaine,    The safe is not a pedestal safe, though it does set on a pedestal.   This would be a square body cannonball type safe.    Generally these are quite sought after, so you should be able to

2016-02-05 Open safe:

Hi Craig,    No!    We do not provide ANY opening information other than proper dialing instructions for the lock installed for obvious security and liability reasons.    We have no way of knowing what

2016-02-04 old safe in a home we purchased:

Hi Paul,    This isn't a stand alone safe, it's a jeweler's chest.  these were designed to be the inside security container for a larger safe.     While they are great collectors pieces, they have limited

2016-02-04 antique vault in my house:

HI Karen,    First couple of notes - if the door isn't over 100 years old  it isn't antique.  Second item if it wasn't harvested from a grape field or bottled as a wine then it has no "vintage"!   This

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