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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 not able to comment on safes made in the USA but will be happy to take questions on all major British and European manufacturers.

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)

On Vacation
returns 08/10/2015
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.

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2015-07-29 Halls safe and lock safe:

Katie, I am sure that you had the combination set to one number to make it easy to open, and to remember as well.  In most cases setting to one number is risky business.  You have now forgotten that one

2015-07-28 Victor Safe:

Hello David,    Very nice vault door.    I can guarantee you that the time lock is NOT active.    At most it would probably only have been able to lock for up to about 72 hours.    Even with a newer model

2015-07-26 my safe:

Hi Sarah,    While the National Safe & Lock Company was in business from 1883 until 1920, if you don't have any documentation, such as sales or shipping receipts from the maker - then you can't claim it

2015-07-24 York 2 drawer safe:

Hi Margee,    If it has drawers and not a door, then it is NOT a safe, regardless of if it has a combination lock attached.    First problem as York was acquired by Diebold in about 1945, and the label

2015-07-23 York Safe and Lock Co - info on safe:

Hi Brian,    even mentioning companies like "Sentry" and First Alert (SISCO) in the same sentence with AMSEC would be kind of like comparing a clown car to a Lamborghini!    You are correct there are a

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