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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.

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 am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.

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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2016-08-29 arthur b curtis safe:

Hi Mike,    You are correct, Arthur B. Curtis was not a manufacturer of safes.   He was a sales agent or distributor of safes - for a couple of different companies.    Unfortunately there are numerous

2016-08-28 York Safe Y25711:

Hi Paul,    The SMNA (Safe Manufacturers National Association) rating system (discontinued around 1964) indicates that the Specification B1 is a Burglary Resistive rating.   Possibly the second portion

2016-08-28 York Safe Y25711:

Hi Paul,    Sorry, but not enough information to answer your question.        Safes are made with two ideas in mind - their ability to keep fire/heat out of the safe or their ability to keep burglars/people

2016-08-27 SAFE ID:

Hi Rich,    As far as how easy this safe is to break in to - first you have to realize that it is easily 130 years old.    The tools available then and now are literally generations apart.    If you are

2016-08-25 manufacter:

Hi Joe,    The photo really doesn't give me much to look at - and (not your fault) this site isn't really photo friendly.   Please send photos of the container directly to my email at:    andy@securitysafeusa

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