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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.

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.

Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

On Vacation
returns 11/03/2014
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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2014-10-23 safe value:

Hi Tony,    Yes I'm very familiar with the safe manufacturer's and the lock.    As far as it being desirable by "collectors" there really isn't a large group of collectors around, if there were values

2014-10-22 whats my safe worth:

Hi George,    Actually you DON'T have a safe made by the union vault and safe company.    This was just a distributor or sales company.    The ACTUAL manufacture of your safe was "Syracuse Safe Company"

2014-10-22 diebold cillinder safe:

Hi Jeremy,    First I'll start with the info that you provided, which is not manufacturer info.    The info from the "Safe Manufacturers National Association" label, indicates the standards the safe was

2014-10-20 Hobbs & Co . Safe:

Hi Daisy,    First off I must disclose that European and English safes are not my area of expertise.   I would recommend your contacting two other individuals on this same site that are both in England

2014-10-19 2 antique safes restoration/value or sale:

Hi Christine,    Both very nice safes though they BOTH need extensive restoration work.    The Diebold is what we term an "automatic".    When the time lock is set, and the door is closed, the lock would

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