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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.

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.

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.

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2014-07-19 meilink home deposit vault??:

Hi James,    NOT a locksmith - you want a trained safe technician, at a local safe company.    Based on your description of the door, either this is correct, or it has been modified to work this way.

2014-07-19 meilink home deposit vault??:

Hi James,    PB Blaster is a penetrating oil and NOT a lubricant.    While the lock WILL work better as all of the old grease will be broken up or dissolved, this is NOT a good condition.   The lock needs

2014-07-19 meilink home deposit vault??:

Hi James,    Congratulations on your purchase.   This may be the first safe of your collection!    The Meilink Safe Company was founded in 1899 by Charles F. Meilink.   This company ran continuously until

2014-07-17 Surplus Racine County Safe:

Hi Ken,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to see what you actually have and to evaluate it for you    I do see a couple problems with the safe right up front which may need addressing

2014-07-16 Hall's Safe Co / Large Safe:

Susan,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe for you.    As far as "selling" or providing you with a "means of selling" your safe - sorry, that's up to you.    You would sell it just like

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