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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.

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.

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.

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.

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2015-04-17 Aipine safe age:

Hi Raymond,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to try to narrow down when it might have been made, but I WILL need to see photos of the safe to come up with some dates.    In order to answer

2015-04-17 cannonball safe:

Hi Diana,    I've got lots of ideas, however - obviously what counts is what you actually have.     I would be happy to look at your safe to see what you have, though I will need photos.    With it being

2015-04-17 parts for old safe:

Hi Thomas,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe to see what you have.   I will need a full set of photos though.    I have no idea what a "bull nose safety deposit door lock" is????   First

2015-04-16 Ratner safe-asbestos:

Hi Andy,    I have no information which would indicate that Ratner safes ever used asbestos as an insulation media.    However, I would recommend that you contact them directly to see if they have any

2015-04-12 safe restoration:

Hi David,    There are only a couple individuals in the entire US, who do restoration work on antique safes.    Unfortunately I don't know of anyone in the Mississippi area.    The nearest people I can

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