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Hi Doug-
I purchased an old safe that has been sandblasted and beautifully painted.  But the former owner left exterior black and I would like to add decals to the surface.
is there a source for antique safe decals?
The safe is approx. 110 years old and was original office safe for Duke Power Company in Charlotte, N.C.  Interior is perfect !
I live in Charleston, S.C.
Thanks for all help!
Richard Gwinn

Richard, the only repros I have seen were on ebay for Victor safes.  Your other option is to have it hand painted, which you should be able to do there in Charleston.  College art students or good sign painters should be able to do it up nicely, once you have ID'd the make and what should go on it.  Doug

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This unusual and highly innovative safe from the later 1800's is a Corliss. William, the much younger brother of George Corliss of steam engine fame, spent several years perfecting this design and it was first displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia U.S. Centennial Exhibition. I do extensive patent research helping me in the study of antique U.S. safes and safe locks. Repairs and part making for antique U.S. safes of the early to mid 1800's, both key and combination. Also the study of early round door chest designs up to and including cannonball safes of the early 1900's.


40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current.

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CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

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2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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