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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.

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.

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2017-03-28 Value of A Safe:

Hi Dave,    You are WAY OFF on the weight, it could easily be in the 4000 to 6000 lb range!    These safes were manufactured from 1903 until 1909 when the stockholders voted to dissolve the company, and

2017-03-28 year of safe:

Hi Victoria,    The safe appears to be a Meilink safe, but I can't make out what the lettering says.    As far as your donating the safe, I have no idea who you might donate it to, but as far as "value"

2017-03-28 two number combination:

Hi Rick,    Sorry but you DON'T have a two number, York safe.   They NEVER made a lock like this.   Chances are the combination has been set so that ALL of the combination wheels are set on the same number

2017-03-26 York Safe and Lock:

I would have no idea without looking at your safe.   Appraisal or evaluation value is based on what you actually have and obviously it's condition.   Two of the same safes may have totally different values

2017-03-26 Safe we are trying to find out about in wall of new home:

Hi Vincent,    The manufacturer was known as "Eastern", though the name was actually "Eastern Research & Engineering Co., Boston, MA.   They manufactured a small line of wall safes from the early 1940's

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