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My mother has recently moved house and there is an antique safe in it.  She has the key for it but can't get it open.  Can you recommend any antique safe dealers in Scotland (we are based in Central Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh).

I have yet to take a picture which I am happy to send.  It was made in 1800+.

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Mandy,

I have no listings for safe technicians in Scotland, sorry.    I have a couple listings for locksmiths, however I have no idea if they are qualified to work on your safe.   There are two other experts here in the antique safe section of AllExperts who are both in England, and may have a better knowledge of your safe, and/or any safe technicians or engineers in Scotland.

Their names are Tom Gordon and Mike Palmer.   Sorry I don't have a direct number or email for them, but you can resubmit your question to them.

The two locksmiths that I have contact info on are:

JAM Locksmiths          John A. Milne
01224-789-769
1,Cummingspark Drive
Aberdeen, ABERDEENSHIRE ab16 7bl
Scotland

Scotlock          Kenneth MacLennan
01851-700-892
7 Tong, Stornoway
Isle of Lewis, - hs2 0ht
Scotland

Many of the older English safes had "double throw" locks, meaning you had to turn the key two full revolutions to unlock it.   You might try that as well.
Some of the safes had multiple locks, so you might look for a hidden key hole also.

I wish I could be of more help.   But without knowing more about the safe that you have, I can only make assumptions.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

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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.

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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

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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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US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada

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