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hi could you tell me anything & price of this safe it's all good with 2 keys with words  the dreadnought safe co fire resisting safe h56cm x 43cm thank you

Shane, I am not very familiar with older English makers, nor the availability of safes like yours in Australia, but to me you have a nice little collectable there.  That same safe here in the U.S. would go for $500-$1000 at least.  Whenever a safe has interesting original paint and/or decorative hardware it has some value, even if they are not rare.  Doug  

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Doug MacQueen


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 No longer current.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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