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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.

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.

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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2014-11-26 photo of safe draw lock:

Hello Robert,    Thank you for your question.  What you have is a false Tann.  John Tann was the world's first safe maker and was very well known.  All their safes were made in their Reliance Safe Works

2014-11-24 Diebold Safe:

Hi Greg,    my recommendation would be to save the $500 and look for a better buy!    Basically you are going to have almost $500 into it without even beginning repairs.    Even if you have the capacity

2014-11-24 locked safe:

Hi Sandi    as you didn't provide the combinations that you have,  I have no way of telling you if they might be correctly written or not.     the dialing sequence should be either a LRLR or a RLRL as

2014-11-23 value of safe:

Hi Barry,     while I would be happy to look at your safe,  I don't provide potential customers - sorry but you are going to have to locate them on your own.   I recommend ebay,  Craigslist or advertising

2014-11-23 meilink safe:

Daniel,    the Hercules line of Meilink safes were built from the 1950's through the 1970's.   In general they may not meet current standards for fire protection and they are not burglary resistive.  

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