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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.

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.

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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2014-07-28 remington rand safe:

Brandon, in its day it was considered a very good fire safe.  In this case the fact that the safe was given to you is a good clue as to its current value.  That's not to say it can't be sold for $500 or

2014-07-28 halls safe:

Hi Sara,    Sorry but I don't provide a referral service for sales.   If you are trying to sell it, you will need to advertise the safe, just like any other item that you might want to sell.    Ebay, Craigs

2014-07-27 Crane hinge info:

Hi Don,    Sorry, but manufacturers NEVER published that type of info for a number of reasons including patent infringements, security reasons and service requirements.    So basically you are going to

2014-07-26 Thomas Turner & Co Premier Safe:

Hello Natalie,    I have no record of having fielded a question from Tanya so I am a little in the dark without any picture.  The brass ball handle and flat bolts tends to suggest that it is around 100

2014-07-25 Herring-Farrel Safe Removal:

Dan,    First we need to get our terms straight so that we are talking apples and apples.    A safe is a storage container, which can be moved from point A to Point B if necessary.   A "VAULT" is a structure

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