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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.

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.

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.

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2015-11-26 Yale Antique Four Wheel Safe:

Russ, Yale made a vast number of locks, although most models came in after 1880. Yale also did make safes, but to my knowledge by the 1870's had quit this business.  Can you post a picture of the front

2015-11-24 Cary antique Safe:

Hi Charles,    Your Cary safe has a Yale M-16 lock installed, and based on the serial number it would have been manufactured around 1925, so while it is a collectible, it still has a few years before being

2015-11-24 mosler safe:

Hi Carl,    The labels or placards you have referred to actually have little to do with the safe.   UL (Underwriters Labs) and SMNA (Safe Manufacturer's National Assoc.) are testing, or standards, companies

2015-11-23 looking for a key:

Hi Berhona,    You are not going to find a replacement key for your safe.   Chances are one is going to have to be hand fitted to it.   Unless you find a lock or safe man capable of doing it while the

2015-11-23 Cleaning a safe:

Hi Doug,    You can clean it just like you would your automobile.   Use a good grade of anti abrasive liquid soap and soft brushes or rags.    For the really hard debris, you can use "00" (double ought)

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