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I bought and old 6' double door York Safe that is missing the hinge acorns and would like to know your advise on finding replacement acorns for my safe.

Thanks,
Bill

PS: I have tried e-bay and Craigs list without any luck.

Answer
Bill,

Very few are still around.   Some safe companies will strip damaged safes that are going to be disposed of for any good parts, including the hinge acorns.

HOWEVER, that being said, they generally have this stock of old or used "donor" parts for their use, not for "ready" resale.    Generally most safe companies are NOT going to dig through their parts bins looking for something like this unless they are going to sell it for some big bucks, but chances are, once they find the item - you aren't going to like the price, which means that their time was wasted.

No one catalogs all of these old items, they just sit around in boxes until they get used.   Generally used ones can run about $75 ea - "IF" they are even available.    Finish is in "AS IS" condition, with bumps, dings or paint.   If you want them plated to match, I would do them all at the same time.

I'll look through my box of acorns but I can't guarantee that I'll have any that match.   I WILL need "EXACT" measurements and a photo of the ones that you have so that I can try to match it.   Send photo and measurements including thread size   (xx"-yy TPI) (9/16"-11 tpi example)

Your other option would be to have one or more made.    Cost will be based on the material and the finish or plating.   They generally run between $150 to $200.

Send an email to me at:     www.andy@securitysafeusa.com    to remind me, and provide me with a photo, and detailed measurements.    I'll see what I have.

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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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