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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. NOTE: I also answer safe related questions in the Locksmith and Antique Safe Categories sections.
40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf
Safecrackers International National Antique Safe Association
Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.
2009 - 2014 - Listed in AllExperts top 50 experts. All Experts categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired
US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada
This has been more than a hobby for almost 40 years, it is more like a passion. I enjoy researching the antique safes and the histories of the manufactures. This isn't just a career for me, it is a lifestyle.
I would like to pass on some of my passion for the older safes to the younger generations, while at the same time providing consumer awareness for the current fire and burglary standards that they should be using to protect their valuables. Currently working on a "guide to antique safes" which will list most of the known manufactures from the mid 1800's through the early 1900's.
Knowledge of the antique safes is dying off rapidly. Locksmiths and safemen who are new to the industry don't want to take the time to learn the rich heritage of their profession. The older safemen are not passing on this history and it is fast becoming lost.
Unfortunately the only safes that most people see are the el-cheapo's from the discount stores. It is really pleasing to find people with older safes that want to restore them to their original grandeur. Part of my goal is to educate you on what kinds of protection a real burglary safe or fire safe will provide to make you an informed consumer.
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Hi Matt, Unfortunately my area of expertise is American (US) safes and safe makers from the early 1800's through the mid 1900's. I've got limited experience with British safes other than what exposure
Hi Jerry, Unfortunately there are a lot of features that are very common between a number of manufacturers. The photos don't show any features that scream out HHM on your safe, so I'll need to see
Hi Joyce, I would be more than happy to look at your safe to answer your questions. Note: If the safe has a label from "Safe Manufacturers National Association", it is not going to be antique -
Hi John, In general, most of the small electronic type safes are all Chinese, Korean or Japanese imports, so serial numbers don't do any good, unless you can actually ID the maker. Many times the
Hi Dan, there are too many variables, depending on the type of door you have. You didn't provide any model number. If the door doesn't have a manufacturers data plate installed, then I'll need
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