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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.

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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2015-03-27 Old safe without combo:

Hi Sarah,     While this cabinet had excellent fire resistance in its day, it no longer meets any current standards.   It would have been made between 1926 to 1955.    As far as value, it has little to

2015-03-27 identify manufacturer and age of safe:

Hi Brad,    these photos didn't help, but they did expose a potentially dangerous problem.    The device on the back of the safe door is a tear gas device.   This type of gas was outlawed around 1980.

2015-03-26 Mosler Safe:

Hi Barry,    I don't recall having seen your safe before, but I would be more than happy to look at it for you.    I can tell you - as far as an age range - the Mosler Safe & Lock Company, began in 1874

2015-03-26 Estandard Milers Safe England:

This does not look like an English safe.   Milners were a big manufacturer in Britain, but this says "Milers".   I think that this is a locally made safe, made to look like a foreign safe...a counterfeit

2015-03-25 Safe Identification:

Hi Mike,    I would be more than happy to look at your safe, but will need much better photos.    As far as the info your "local safe expert" gave you, some of his info reminds of the old adage about "blinding

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