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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.

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.


I can answer pretty much most questions on any make and model safes from vintage to modern as well as high security safes and bank vaults.

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.

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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2014-08-31 Schwab safe:

Hi Louis,    Unfortunately, possibly the closest company that I would recommend would be from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.    There are numerous smaller companies closer to you, however, I don't know of

2014-08-30 Identifying a Safe:

Hello Russ,    Thanks for the pictures.  This is a late Victorian Milner's 'square cornered' safe manufactured circa 1880.  It pre-dates the introduction of metal presses so it is constructed from 5 mild

2014-08-30 safe:

Hello Leo,    Thank you for your enquiry and the picture of your safe.      This type of construction is known as 'four corner bent/banded' and was common between 1890 and 1910.  A single sheet of mild

2014-08-30 Schwab safe:

Louis,    Problem with the internet and "hearing" things, is that they are generally only partially true.   Unfortunately, individuals hear about something and then talk about something that they actually

2014-08-28 Chubb Safe Identification:

Hi Darrell,    Unfortunately British safes are not my specialty.    There are two other experts on this site that I would recommend your checking with about this safe to possibly give you more in depth

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