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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.

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.

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.

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2015-09-03 Old Marvin Safe:

Hi Justin,    First question - is the dial missing or the whole lock assembly???    I will need much better photos of the safe, especially the dial and lock areas, to answer your questions.        In order

2015-09-01 Weight of antique Diebold Safe:

Hi Vince,    You didn't get me enough "good" measurements to try to be accurate, so I ball parked some numbers to come up with a "rough" estimate.    The safe by itself is probably around 4000 lbs, however

2015-08-31 Black Gary Safe how old and worth?:

Hi Thomas,    If the safe has the serial number stamped in the handle, then it is NOT a "GARY" safe.   Chances are it is actually a "CARY" Safe, from Buffalo NY.    So the first order of business is to

2015-08-31 Victor safe:

Hi Rhonda,    Well the good news is that your safe is over 95 years old as Victor Safe & Lock Company was acquired by The Safe Cabinet Company in 1920.    I would be more than happy to look at your safe

2015-08-31 Halls safe:

Hi Ron,    I usually like questions like this as it brings out my "satirical" side, however as you are looking for serious answers I'll forgo, my normal "happy nature".    As far as the age, I will need

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