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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.

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.

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2014-12-21 sears relocking device A397859 safe:

Hello Claudette,    Unfortunately I'm not going to be much help at this point, as I have no idea what you have.       The short answer would be "YES", as long as the safe door is open - the combination

2014-12-21 antique meilinks deposit vault.:

Hi Michael,    As Meilink didn't begin until 1899, the chances of your container being from the late 1800's is slim.    With the serial number you have provided, chances are though that it is early 1900's

2014-12-20 Mosler safe:

Hi Jack,    Your little Mosler was manufactured around 1913-1917.    I can't answer your question about whether or not the safe is worth restoring - that is something that YOU are going to have to determine

2014-12-20 Reliable safe:

Hi Jim,     While your safe "IS" a collectible, it is NOT an antique safe yet.   Antique safes are OVER 100 years old.   The Reliable Safe & Lock Company was in business from 1916 until about 1941.   It

2014-12-20 Hall's standard safe:

Hi John,    As there were TWO Hall's Safe Companies, I will have to see what you have to determine which company manufactured it, and to determine when it might have been made.  The first company was in

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