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QUESTION: I bought a camp, and this safe was in the basement. I was just wondering if it was worth anything before I scrap it.

The name on the safe is Rieseck Bro Pittsburgh Pa
Any Ideas about how old or what the value is?
Thanks Steve

ANSWER: Stephen, while I don't want to imply you have found the mother lode, please do not attempt to scrap or destroy that safe.  Reiseck & Bro. dating to at least 1861, later became the Pittsburg Safe Co. by the 1870's  The cast iron roping and oval panels puts that safe into a collectable category, especially so in a restored condition.   Doug  

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QUESTION: So what is the mother lode worth? And were can i try to sell it?

I don't collect myself so pricing it is a little difficult.  Safes with the oval panels are pretty rare and ideal for restoration.  But getting it out of the basement can be expensive.  If it was on ground level I would think you could easily get $1000 or even more.  Without closer inspection I am not sure it was made by Reieck as it looks so much like a couple other Cinci makers I have seen.  Can you post pictures of the lock?  And where are you in PA?  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.


40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current.

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CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

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2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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