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Vulcan Safe
Vulcan Safe  
I have a vulcan safe, solid as a rock, on 4 small wheels.  Dimensions are 11" x 14"; 15" high.

I was wondering what the value of this safe would be?  It was my grandparents, then passed down to my dad.  It dates back to the mid 1920's atleast.
Nancy

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Nancy, old safes in that size seem to be pretty collectable so I would say at least a couple hundred, even in that condition.  It is strange that Vulcan did not list its city of manufacture, which would indicate they were mail order only.  I have never seen one here in Cleveland, OH, not that I would have seen every safe ever made, but that does tend to support the mail order only logic.  Tracking down info on the company or companies that made them is proving to be quite difficult but I suspect eventually an advertisement for them will turn up.  Almost guaranteed they came out of Cincinnati.  It appears there were 3 basic models with yours being the smallest.  Doug  

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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.

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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 No longer current.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

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