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My father just passed away and when cleaning out his house I found an old key with The Yale & Towne MFG. Co. on one side and Made for Gross Feidel Hillsbobro O on the other side.  It has a three digit number on one side and a four digit number on the other side.
Any clue to what this would be for?


Yale & Towne Mfg. made keys, locks and similar items for everyone and almost every thing, from cabinets to automobiles, padlocks to safes.

Gross-Fiebel, manufactured safes from around 1915 until the late 1920's, when their safe division was acquired by the Mosler Safe Company.   They continued in business until at least the early 1980's manufacturing office and banking equipment including safe deposit boxes.  

Unfortunately, all I can do is speculate as to what the key was used for.   Records were never kept on where any key or lock operated, and/or what type of lock it might go for.

As Gross-Fiebel did make a lot of safe deposit box equipment it may be a key for one of these somewhere.   It is just as likely that it went to a desk drawer or other piece of office equipment.

Sorry but that's about as close as I'm going to be able to get to it.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


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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