I have a safe with Hall's Safe & Lock Co Cincinnati & St louis on the inside of the door. I believe the serial # is 33518 since it is stamped on all of the locking mechanism parts. There is only one hole in the door and the turn dial and handle is missing. The safe is not in the best of shape but still a neat conversation piece. I would like to repair the locking mechanism so it can actually be used.Do you know where I can get this part or a replacement? I am going to attempt to restore the safe for my own personal use. Do you have any idea what year it my have been made? I have looked many Hall's safes and cannot find another one that looks the same. I have more pictures if that will help.
Answer Doug, yes that is an odd one. That is not say that it was a custom one off but more likely a standard fancy model where few where sold and even fewer still exist.. The bolt work appears to be operated by the lock rather than the typical bolt handle. Fortunately it appears only the dial and dial ring are missing. I think I have a Hall dial and ring that might work but some measurements will need to be taken. I'd say 1870's to early 90's. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Doug
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.
40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.
Organizations Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current. Antique-Locks.com
Publications SAVTA monthly magazine
Education/Credentials CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)
Awards and Honors 2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place