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Mike Palmer

U.K.
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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

U.K.
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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)

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.

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2016-07-29 Diebold Floor Safe May 23 1871 with Jewelers Door:

Hi Kevin,    Great find, glad to see that you are doing the restoration work.    1.   Unfortunately even Diebold no longer has the manufacturing dates.    Someone decided that they didn't need the old

2016-07-29 Mosler Night Depository:

Hi John,    there are a couple issues that may be happening depending on how the rain strikes the face or wall of the building.    If the rain is running DOWN the wall, it may simply be getting behind

2016-07-28 Id safe:

Hi Henry,    I've got a couple ideas, but I'll need better photos to actually ID it.    In order to answer questions, identify, evaluate or appraise the “current condition” of your safe, I'm going to need

2016-07-27 Safe help:

Hi Justin,    The lock that I would expect to find on this safe would be a Yale 027, 4 wheel lock with a rotary bolt.   This lock would provide 100,000,000 possible combination sequences    If you can

2016-07-27 Who made my safe?:

Hello Gavin,    Thank you for your question and the pictures of your safe.    I'm afraid the manufacturer is probably going to remain a mystery.  In the late Victorian era, some years after the Industrial

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