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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.

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

On Vacation
returns 05/01/2014
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.

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2014-04-23 Major safe model # 2020:

Hi Gloria,    If the container is locked up and you don't have a combination, then the value is going to be a "negative" amount - that being the cost to have it opened, repaired and the combo recovered

2014-04-22 Year of safe:

Hi Tom,    Warth-Baum was in business from 1870, until it was reorganized in 1893 as the Baum Safe Company.    Without better photos and/or more info concerning the safe, I can't give you a closer date

2014-04-21 VICTOR SAFE:

Jim,    There were two "Victor" safe companies - the first was in business from about 1885 until 1920 and the second was in business from 1920 until about 1956.    "IF and/or Where" there is a serial number

2014-04-20 Fichet=Bauche Louis XIV Model 38:

I think I have a little info on the lock.  It sounds like the upper 4 keyholes are an additional security in the form of a key operated combination lock.  A clicker lock where you count the clicks as you

2014-04-20 Antique safe never opened:

Hi Emily,    I'll start off with the "possessive" use of "Hall's" - I'm not sure what you are indicating but it has nothing to do with the manufacturer.   There were two "Hall's" safe companies, while

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