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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)

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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2014-11-20 old Yale safe value:

Hi Lorna,    Chances are the "LOCKS" are made by Yale and not the safe.    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to see what you actually have, and to answer any questions that you might have

2014-11-20 locking my safe:

Hi Joho,    I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to??   And/or why you would want to keep fruits in a "SAFE".    I'm sure that we are NOT going to be talking about the same type of "SAFE"!     

2014-11-20 AMSEC safe:

Tammy, that will most likely be a KPL 2000 AMSEC lock.  If you have installed new Duracells ,checked the wiring and it still isn't working, it could be the outside keypad or the lock itself inside that

2014-11-20 swab safe:

Frank, nice S(ch)wab safe.  Along time ago I thought about advertising a mail study course on match book covers.  You know, something like "learn safecracking in your spare time".  That was just a joke

2014-11-19 serial numbers?:

Hello Sarah,    This is a very nice looking John Tann safe.    while it may have been owned by "generations of jewelers" this is NOT a jewelers safe and it is NOT a burglary resistive container.    While

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