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Andy,  I have an old J. Baum safe. It is in bad need of a restoration. I am sure it will cost more to restore it than the safe is worth, but it has family history value, so I would like to restore it. It is 33"tall( not including the wheels), 27" wide and 25" deep and weighs, I think, about 500 to 600 pounds.
I live in New England and am looking for someone in this general area that my be able to restore it. The only missing part is a wheel and one ear support for that wheel that is broken off.  
It has been sitting out side for a few years and is rusty, but the dial turns.  The picture on the front is fading, but still there as are the painted scrolls on the door.
I did ask Mr. Doug MacQueen if he knew of anyone and sadly for me, the closest person he knew who may be able to help me lived in Ohio. I am asking you also in hopes you may know of someone closer to my locale that can help as shipping just one way would be way more than the safe is worth. HELP, Thanks, Bill


I'm in California and have no idea what area that "New England" would encompass.   Would that be all of the original 13 Colonies, or just the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island???

Let's see, if Doug recommend someone in Ohio, it was probably Matt Lamborn (Matt's Antique Safe Restoration)

Probably closer to you would be either:

Precision Lock & Safe
516-616-0854     Elaad or Dov Israeli
240 Jericho Turnpike,
Floral Park, NY   11001

Accu-Safes Inc.
516-752-3893     Neal Krazalowski
112 Newtown Road,
Plainview, NY  11803

While I know that these aren't in "New England", they are closer than Ohio.

You will have to discuss any work that you would like done and a budget with them to determine the total cost.

Hope this helps.

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900'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.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and 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. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". 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

Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

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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 - 2015 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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