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Hi -
I have an older Remington & Sherman Co. Bank vault / safe.
I have several pictures and was wondering if there is a market for these type of things.
It's like a work of art.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.


First item - the word vintage applies to the year of a grape harvest or wine bottling.   While I know that it has been accepted to indicate older items which are not yet considered "antique", this term has basically been hijacked for an improper use, and rather than stop the incorrect useage, the idiots who write dictionaries have now included it as a "current venacular useage".   I'm not one of these - and don't get me started on the incorrect use of the word "patina".   Sorry for my diatribe!

Remington-Sherman manufactured safes and vault doors from 1892 until around 1941.   Inorder to tell how old your door is, I would need a lot of better photos to come up with a date.

As far as a "market" - yes there is (kinda - sorta).   Doors have some unique problems which safes don't have.   First they have to be installed to be useable, and second they have to be unstalled to be able to be sold.   They have extremely limited value WHILE they are installed.

Costs to either install a door, or remove one from a building generally scare most buyers off.   There are plenty of used doors which ARE removed and ready for installation at a much more reasonable price - though most are not nearly as nice as your Remington-Sherman (which I agree is a work of art).

NOTE:   These older doors have zero value, if they are not removed as a complete package.   This includes the door, frame, vestibule and day gate or day doors.   Pieces missing from the complete assembly significantly reduce its value, as replacement items have to be fabricated for the door.

Again, sorry about the vintage thing - I just hate that word!   LOL.

What other questions do you have about your door?

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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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