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I have an antique safe that came from an old dry good store.  I had the lock removed for repair.  After getting the lock back someone stole it from my garage before I has a chance to get it installed.  Is is possible to replace the lock on old safes?  The safe is in another town and I know that you will probably need some numbers and ID.  Just wondering if there is ever any locks available?


While locks are removed from "junk safes" by many safes companies, there is no comprehensive listing of who has what and where to find it, so basically this will be a two part process for you.   First you must accurately ID WHAT type of safe you have (manufacturer), and secondly, WHAT type of lock (manufacturer and model) that you need.

Once you have these two pieces of information, you can then start knocking on doors of every safe company in America until you find one that may have a similar old lock in their parts drawers.

Generallly, most safe companies remove these parts for THEIR use, and not for resale, so unless you are a motivated buyer ($$$), most companies are not going to have any incentive to even look through their parts.   Unfortunately this part of the market is so small that it isn't profitable enough for most companies to care about.

Your other option would be to find a similar safe to your own, possibly in worse condition, to purchase for donor parts for your safe.

So on to step one - identify the safe and the lock.

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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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2013 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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