Have and old mosler safe that I have had since 1970 and had lost the combnation but had left it locked with the door open. A local lock smith took it apart and determined the combination and also said the locking mechanism was in very good condition and because it used an old type lock it was probably manufactured in the 1920's. After water pressure washing I see a landscape scene on the front door with Dallas at the bottom and after some sand blasting I see "87" stamped on the top inside of the door. Does this mean that it was manufactured in 1887 and is there a market for a safe this old. Thanks.
Manufacturers never placed the date of manufacture on a safe. They didn't do this for a couple reasons, 1. They were NOT as interested in WHEN an item was made as people now. They did NOT collect stuff as "antiques", and 2. they didn't have "warrantee's as we know them.
Back in the day when a man's word was his bond, when he sold you a product, he stood behind it, regardless of when it was made.
Manufacturers kept records of their products, having clerks that recorded all details and transactions of a business. If someone was interested in a similar item or wanted to know when it was made, he simply contacted the factory for the information. Obviously without the internet, telephones, etc., this contact was not very quick.
Manufacturers never released information about safes publicly, for obvious security and liability reasons, this included serial numbers and/or dates of manufacturer. By research and collecting serial numbers a few of us have come with some pretty good estimates of when many safes were made. We also use dates of known equipment, dates of variations in manufacturing techniques, etc. etc. etc. to narrow down dates.
As many manufacturers made safes in "batches", parts were numbered for a particular batch pattern to keep ALL parts made for that safe together. Many parts were forged or cast, and as castings were not exactly the same from one to another, it was imperative NOT to mix parts up. The casting number is NOT the serial number which usually wasn't assigned until very close to the end of assembly.
As far as "if there is a market for this safe", there is always somebody willing to buy everything, the problem is finding that person. Selling old safes is a waiting game. Waiting for the right potential buyer, who is willing to pay the price that you are willing to let the safe go for.
Obviously, in order to bring the safe and the buyer together, you have to advertise. while hopefully your safe sells quickly, be prepared to wait years! I know a guy about 35 miles north of me that has had a particular safe for sale for over 5 years, and has advertised continuously on ebay and a couple other sites, but has yet to find someone who will buy the safe for what he wants considering the shipping of the safe on top of the sale price.
Hope this answers your question.
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Thanks for the information on my safe. I now know enough about it to just put a good paint job on the outside and use it. Don't feel that it has any value except as a good solid safe that is probably more secure because of the weight if nothing else. Again thanks for the fast reply.
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