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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.

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 not able to comment on safes made in the USA but will be happy to take questions on all major British and European manufacturers.

Doug MacQueen

U.S.
Available
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)

U.S.
Available
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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2015-03-02 J&J Taylor Safeworks(?) safe:

Hi Joe,    I don't know what hat you pulled J & J Taylor Safeworks out of, but this is definitely not a J&J Taylor safe.    The biggest give away, are the castor supports.   J&J Taylor safes are VERY ornate

2015-03-02 how to reset an antique safe combination:

Hi Joanne,    I would be happy to look at your safe to figure out what you actually have.   There were no manufacturer's going by this name.    As far as giving you instructions, yes I probably can after

2015-03-02 Inherited a antique Victor Safe with no combination:

Hi Albert,    Unfortunately the majority of locksmiths and many so called safe techs are little more than trained monkeys - pull part off and put part on!!!     The "code sheet" that Tommy Tate was probably

2015-03-01 Mosler Safe:

Hi Alan,    Your safe is from the late 1940's or 1950's (prior to 1962).   It is a fire resistive safe only and not a burglary resistive safe.   It does not meet any current standards for fire resistance

2015-03-01 TILTON&MCFARLAND:

Hello Gerard,    I love Tilton & McFarland safes, and have two of my own.    I'm not sure what you question concerning your safe is, so you will need to be a little more specific.    I'm assuming that

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