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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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2015-10-02 Fur Vault/Safe:

Hi Larry,    While you do have a very large safe, it would have to be the smallest "FUR Vault" that I've ever seen.    Also chances are your "weight" guestimate is way off as well.    If it is ONLY 500-700

2015-10-02 Antique Home Safe:

Hello Azam,    I am going to have to defer your question to some friends of mine in Singapore.   This is there area of expertise.   They have been working on and restoring these safes for three generations

2015-10-01 1933 George L. Damon Safe:

Jacques, a couple questions first.  Where are you located in the state, generally speaking?  I know a couple safe techs up your way.  How big of a hurry are you to get it open?  And a picture of the door

2015-10-01 19th Century Chubb fire resisting safe:

Hola Bart,    Good to hear from you again.    The locks on these old safes are not difficult to pick and any locksmith in the UK would do this as a matter or course, so I am sorry it is so difficult to

2015-10-01 American Steel Safe Co.:

Hi Kenny,    Many of the companies that "branded or logo'd" safes, and were listed as manufacturers - actually were not.    Generally these companies were distributors or sales agents for one or more actual

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