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Looking for some information on my safe I just bought3/21/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I just bought a S Zuckerman safe and I was wondering if II you could help me out with some ...
  A: Sorry no such thing! S. Zuckerman may have been a selling agent or a company selling the safes but ...
Old safe3/19/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have an old safe it'smade by Reliable Safe and Lock Co. It also says Garden Theater on top of it ...
  A: Basic History: The Reliable Safe & Lock Company Inc., was in business from about 1916 until about ...
Milners Safe3/19/2017Mike Palmer
  Q: We have an old Milner Safe. I was looking to find out its age, possible sale value and best place to ...
  A: In their day, Milner's was one of the world's leading safe makers. The construction of this ...
milners double door safe3/18/2017Mike Palmer
  Q: I just refurbished a double door Milners safe , the same you identified from Edinburgh in 2013. The ...
  A: Milner, in its day, was the world's largest safe maker so the round Milner's safe plate is one of ...
Syracuse safe3/18/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: if any information on it. I am sure you already know the most common questions all of which I have.I ...
  A: Sorry but I don't try to anticipate questions - you will have to let me know, specifically what ...
opening a herring-hall-marvin safe3/15/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I recently acquired an old Herring Hall Marvin safe from a friend of mine. It has a dial on it with ...
  A: If the safe has patent dates on it from Aug. 24th 1868 - then it is NOT a Herring-Hall-Marvin safe. ...
1992 Cannon safe S&G lock manipulation3/14/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I'm using the Matt Blaze's "Safecracking for the computer scientist" method to try to open a Cannon ...
  A: First the obligatory legal stuff. As this is a general purpose website, open to the public and ...
Old safe3/14/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have an old floor safe. I don't know if it's a J.Baum or a Diebold. The only thing I've found so ...
  A: Bob made it! Sorry, but my wife broke my crystal ball about the same time she killed my money tree. ...
value and age of a safe3/12/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I am looking to buy a safe from a private party that says Victor patent. highest award-grand prize. ...
  A: The Victor Safe & Lock Company was in business from 1885 until they were acquired by The Safe ...
unlocking and transporting safe3/11/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have an antique heavy black metal safe about 30x24x24? How would you suggest I transport it 400 ...
  A: A truck would be my first suggestion. It's too heavy for you to carry that far, and most people ...
Need help with York safe3/10/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: We have acquired an old HEAVY York safe in our house restoration and can't find out much safe is ...
  A: These containers came in larger models with and without wheels, and smaller models were usually ...
history of safe3/9/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: A Mosler Bahmann safe was passed down to me from my grandfather & I would like info. on its age & ...
  A: While I can give you some basic info on the manufacturer without much more info I am not going to be ...
Old safe mosler3/9/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: #218315 how old please
  A: I would have to verify the serial number to ensure that it is the safe serial number. I just had a ...
Safe value3/8/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: 2 more pics
  A: See previous email. In order to answer specific questions, identify, evaluate or appraise your ...
Safe value3/8/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I just acquired an Cincinnati Safe. PIcs are attached. WAs hoping to get a value on it. THanks
  A: I would be more than happy to take a look at your safe for you, but WILL need much better quality ...
Old Gary floor safe with keys3/7/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I purchased an old Gary round floor safe at an estate sale, it has the top lid with key that opens. ...
  A: The interior lock is not TWO locks, it is a single lock. One of the key hole (nose) is for the ...
Old safe3/6/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: My husband and I bought a house in Sparks, NV a couple years ago. It came with an old safe. All I ...
  A: I would be more than happy to look at your safe for you to try to answer some of your questions. ...
Gary safe3/6/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a Gary safe that has had the wheels removed from the door I was wondering were to get parts ...
  A: There were two companies with similar names - The CARY Safe company out of Buffalo, NY and the GARY ...
Safe ID3/4/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: Do you have any idea who built this safe? Also how long they were in business?
  A: The safe was manufactured by the Diebold Safe & Lock Company. This company started in business in ...
Memphis Safe & Lock Co3/4/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I recently acquired an old Memphis Safe & Lock Co floor safe and was wondering if you could tell me ...
  A: The Memphis Safe & Lock CO., was ONLY a distributor and NOT a manufacturer. I've got a few ideas ...
Safe lock3/3/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I bought a house that has a onld York safe & lock floor safe in it. I don't know the combination on ...
  A: If you don't have the combination, then you basically have two options - #1 would be dialing ALL ...
denio&roberts sage3/2/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a Denio & Roberts safe.it also says it is "improved" and is a salamander safe.Any idea of ...
  A: Without seeing the actual safe I would be guessing. Unfortunately my wife broke my crystal ball ...
Old safe3/2/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: Just wanted to see if this old safe has any value or not
  A: Everything has "value", the question is how much. Obviously without seeing much better photos of ...
42 inch Victor Cannonball3/2/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have acquired a locked closed (no combo) Victor Cannonball. It has a top & bottom compartment. It ...
  A: Magana The "Grand prize Logo" was issued AFTER the 1904 exposition - in January of 1905. This ...
antique safe3/1/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have an antique safe from my grandmother, its in bad shape but id love to get it restored. Do you ...
  A: I've got a friend in Florida that is a safe collector - unfortunately he is in the same boat you ...
Day door in Diebold safe3/1/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a Diebold Safe or so I've been told. Maybe you know more. Inside there is a day door and I ...
  A: Sorry but no photos came through. This site isn't particularly "photo friendly" - not my site, ...
Safe2/26/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a very large safe. It was on of goodyears safe back in the day. I have no idea how to tell ...
  A: The logo on the door appears to be from the Herring-Hall-Safe Company, late 1940's through the ...
Halls safe patent 18492/25/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have this safe under the stairs at my new home. House was built in 1870. Wondering it's worth. ...
  A: Sorry but the 1849 date is the date the "PATENT" was issued and NOT when your safe was manufactured, ...
John Tann's safe2/25/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: 000 I will attach photos including serial number on inside of door also we are restoring it to ...
  A: While the John Tann safe company WAS established in 1795 your safe probably wasn't built until the ...
Reliable Safe and Lock Company2/24/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I found an old safe for sale that is made by the Reliable Safe and Lock Company. While doing some ...
  A: Sorry, but there was no such thing as a "generic combination". Every safe was set on an ...
Old Hall's & Lock Co Safe2/23/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: We have an old safe with Hall's Safe & Lock Co. Cincinnati, Oh. It has been in my husbands family ...
  A: This site isn't "photo friendly" so I'll need you to send the pics to me, along with any questions. ...
Value and history of safe2/19/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I am cleaning out my grandfathers home and he has this large safe made my J.J. Taylor Limited. ...
  A: This was one of the later model "hinged round door, chests", while it was made under the J & J ...
ball bearing that sits on hinge of door2/17/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I am looking the the two ball bearings that sit between hinge on door and the safe where do I ...
  A: If you want parts from the manufacturer - then you need to know who made your safe. You didn't ...
cannot close a Hall's safe2/17/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have an old Hall's safe, hand me down, that I attempted to lock. I have the combination, but I ...
  A: Try turning the handle to the bolts extended position as you slowly turn the dial, should be around ...
Halls safe2/16/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a Halls safe trying to get hold idea on how old it is. Serial number on handle is 15044. It's ...
  A: There were several "Hall's" Safe Companies so I'll need to see what you actually have to narrow it ...
Art Metal Amco safe model 2515322/15/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: We have a safe in one of our buildings. No one claims to know where it came from but we have ...
  A: You haven't provided me with any useable info. The model number you provided is actually a serial ...
Asbestos in Schwab Data Bank Safes2/14/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: My company has a Schwab, Data Bank, Wright Line Safe. The SMNA spec is F2-ND. The UL rating is ...
  A: First off, "NO", Schwab NEVER used asbestos as an insulation media. Secondly, I hope you guys ...
HHM safe2/14/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I have a HHM safe and I was wondering how old it is and if it is an antique.
  A: HHM was in business from 1892 until they were acquired by Diebold in 1959 and subsequently closed ...
Options to open antique safe2/14/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: I recently acquired an antique safe that I'm estimating is 100-115 years old. On the front in gold ...
  A: You have a really good safe company not to far from you, that I would recommend calling. Metro Safe ...
Safe2/12/2017Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)
  Q: How do I get a copy of your guide to antique safes. Thanks Matt
  A: Fortunately I'm about at a stopping point with the research - unfortunately (or fortunately) this ...

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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.

Experience

44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and 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. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". 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

Organizations
Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

Publications
The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes AllExperts.com

Education/Credentials
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.

Awards and Honors
2009 - 2015 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

Past/Present Clients
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

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