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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.

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.

Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900'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.

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2017-01-18 How much is my safe:

Hi Cameron,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe, but I'll need much better photos.   Based on the serial number you have provided the lock that I would expect to see on your safe would be

2017-01-17 Follow-up to my floor Cary safe, circa early 1900s at least:

Hi Amanda,    Yes all of your photos came in while I was out last week - and yesterday.    I got a chance to look at them today, but there are a couple more photos that I need.     I'll be on the road

2017-01-16 herring-hall marvin safe co.:

Hi Nicole,    I'm not sure what info I can give you about the "money bags", but I am willing to look at the safe for you.    Unfortunately there aren't any records from the manufacturer concerning serial

2017-01-16 Victor Safe and Lock Co. Identification:

Hi John,    This is something we don't get to see very often, a Victor Safe & Lock safe with a full interior jeweler's door.  It's not entirely unusual, however you just aren't going to see a lot of Victor's

2017-01-14 Old Chubb and Sons Safe : Able to find more info?:

Hello Tommy,    Thanks for forwarding the pictures.  It looks like this is an old Chubb Standard Quality safe made between 1922 to 1926. British insurers would insure the contents for 4,000 cash or 40

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