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i have a old safe from the safe cabinet co. of Marietta Ohio underwrites laboratories Inc it all works and i have the combo it has a patina data of Jan 9 1906 and a cabinet # of 185 can you tell me any thing about it


The Safe Cabinet Company began January 31st, 1906, having succeeded a partnership between Willis V. Dick and George B. Shad. (same company which started around 1904.   This company was acquired by Remington-Rand in 1926, and the name changed to "Safe Cabinet Laboritories".
The safes that were made by this company were basically "office equipment" designed to provide storage of documents, with some amount of fire or heat resistance.

There are no records of any "individual safe", and most were built based on the 1906 patent date.

This company was known to use asbestos as an insulation material, so these containers are considered to be HAZMAT items for purposes of sale, transport or disposal.   Check your local and state regulations to see how you might be affected.

These containers have no antique, collectible value and they are not considered to have any resale, retail or commercial value.  They do not meet any current standards for fire resistance and are NOT burglary resistive.

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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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