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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 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.

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.

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2016-05-25 wieght of hhm safe:

Hi Andrew,     You haven't given me any useful information such as H"x W" x D", to go from, so all I can give you is a basic estimate, based on the photo and the "apparent size" of the safe.    Based on

2016-05-25 Safe:

Hi Kenny & Tammy,    As I answered you on my email, I'll just copy that answer over here.     What you have is a US Military “Field” safe.    These were used, in the field, to keep “stuff” locked up.

2016-05-25 safe:

Hi Craig,    I don't believe so for a couple reasons,     1.  The company name was not shortened to "WELLS FARGO" until MUCH later and it was NOT written as "Wells Fargo & CO.".   The name of the company

2016-05-24 Two more photos for Ibberson safe:

Hi Mary,     Yes these were the additional photos that I needed to "somewhat narrow down an age.    The lock in use on the safe is a Yale OB series lock.   This was Schwab's standard lock after they transitioned

2016-05-24 Lettering and pinstripes:

Hi Darin,    I would definitely recommend calling him up in advance to make sure he can fit it in.   His contact info is:    Steve Faraone  Faraone Paint  510-537-4336    You can check

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