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iv recently acquired this Halls safe and wondering if you can tell me some information/ history about the company and the safe its self.
Approximate Date?
'i was told 1918, though reading other articles on here makes me think earlier than that. it may have had the name painted on it then.
Construction of the walls of the safe?

The Dial says. Halls Safe&Lock CO. Cincinnati O. The handle number is 122464
The back of the safe says halls standard safe with a picture of a factory with smoke stacks.

The safe is fully functional and in ok condition. Its a beautiful safe, and cleans up really nice for show. Great art work on out side and inside. Not planning to resell or anything, plan to keep it as it is and enjoy it.
Weight is ,,heavy 1500 to 2000 pounds i was told?



who told you 1918????  who ever came up with this should be removed from your list of people to call, if you ever get on a game show!

The Hall's Safe & Lock Company was in business from 1867-1892.   While Joseph Hall actually began making safes in the mid 1840's, the company didn't begin using this name until 1867.   Shortly after Joseph Hall's death in 1889, his son's merged this company with two other companies to form the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Company in 1892.   The three original factories were maintained until a new factory was built and all manufacturing was moved to Hamilton, OH in 1897.   During the reorganization in 1896, there was a "falling out" in the company.  As Hall's sons had completed terms of their contract they left HHM to begin a new company, which was named Hall's Safe Company.
HHM immediately sued Hall's to stop using this name.   Due to various financial difficulties HHM wasn't able to finish the lawsuit and had to wait several years before bringing a second lawsuit to bear on the Hall's.   These lawsuits wound their way all the way to the supreme court where it was determined that the Hall's had NOT given up the right to use their name during the 1892 merger, and they were allowed to continue.

Ok, there is the basic history of the company.  It appears that YOUR safe would have been built by the original Hall's Safe & Lock Company.   Based on the serial number 122464, that you have provided, your safe would have been built during the last several years of the company, prior to the merger.

If you would like me to look at your safe to evaluate it, I would be more than happy to.   In order to answer specific questions, identify, evaluate or appraise your safe, I'm going to need photos.  They should include full exterior and interior.  Detail photos should include pictures of the dial, handles, hinges, artwork, locks, bolt work, castors, cabinetry and any special details or damage.  Note:  You may have to remove the back panel on the door to gain access to the lock & bolt work – I will need these pics.
If you have a particular detail that you have a question about, I will need a photo of it along with your question.

I will also need to see any documentation that you have in regards to your safe.  If your safe has a unique historical perspective, you should be able to document this with letters, newspaper articles or photos, if not it is simply a story and will have no bearing on the value of your safe.

Please use as high a resolution as possible so that I can examine details of your safe.  Pictures which are low resolution, out of focus, or from a distance don’t help when we try to evaluate the container.  Note:  with higher resolution, you may only be able to send 2-4 pictures per email, depending on the size of the file, I have a 10mb limit per email.  If photos are larger than 2mb each, you may only be able to send 2 or 3 photos per email, requiring several emails.  Please don’t send me “cell phone” photos.

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