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Doug MacQueen

U.S.
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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

U.K.
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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

U.K.
Available
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)

U.S.
Available
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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2015-01-25 Schwab Safes:

Hi Mike,    You might want to paint a picture of a local fire department, as these safes are NOT burglary resistive safes!    Based on the info that you have provided I would have to guess that these three

2015-01-24 Jacob Cartwright 2 door safe:

Hello Jane,    Thank you for your question and the picture of your safe.      It is not surprising that you couldn't find any information on Joseph Cartwright as they probably went out of business around

2015-01-24 Opening my antique Hall's Safe Co. safe:

Hi Eric,    I'm not sure what you mean by "un-invasively"?    If you have a heart attack, you don't get to tell the surgeon how to repair your heart, and similarly a trained safe technician should know

2015-01-23 Cary Safe Locked:

Hi,    One of the biggest problems I see with safes, is where a combination has been passed along.   Generally it is written down as the previous user "UNDERSTANDS" the opening sequence and NOT necessarily

2015-01-22 Cary Safe Locked:

Hello Le Roy Lutheran Church    Based on the serial number that you have provided, your safe was made around 1891-93, and the lock that I would expect to find installed would be a Cary, Indirect drive

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