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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 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.

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.

Recent Answers

2016-09-26 Old safe:

Richard, where in Ohio are you located? Interesting safe you have there. Since I am not seeing a dial or keyhole, I would carefully check the handle. There were a few makers that used a key that fit into

2016-09-26 Lost combo:

Hi Mike    Short answer is "NO" - there is no info available.    National Safe & Lock was acquired by Steelcraft of America in 1920 and completely closed down about 1929 due to the Great Depression.  

2016-09-26 sargent & greenleaf:

Hi Joe,    Please note in my earlier answer that I specifically indicated to use a SAFE Technician and NOT a locksmith.    Locksmiths generally do NOT have the training and knowledge to work on safes,

2016-09-25 sargent & greenleaf:

Hi Joe,    Replacement locks haven't been made in over 100 years which means that a replacement lock will be one which was salvaged off another old safe.   Also because they are getting harder to find

2016-09-24 Halls Safe of Cincinati,Ohio:

Hi Michelle,    There were two Hall's Safe Companies in Cincinnati.   Daddy (Joseph) Hall's company (Hall's Safe & Lock Company) was in business from the late 1840's until 1892.   After Joseph's death

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