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I have inherited an antique floor safe.  It's about 4 feet high and measures 28"x28".  It has a plaque on the front saying S. Jones Boston.  Any information on the foundry or value of it would be appreciated as I will be donating it to our local museum here in St. George New Brunswick Canada.  It was probably purchased circa 1880 by my great great grandfather who did business in Boston. THanks very much. Sara

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Sara, yours is only the second Samuel Jones safe I have seen, but then again I don't live in New England.  The only thing I know is that he was in business at least as early as 1852 to at least 1864, and your safe is from that era, not the 1880's.  Do you have the key?  I would greatly appreciate any photos you could email me, of the key and of the safe.  Pricing on safes from this era, especially on lesser known makers like S. Jones, is not at all well established and my feeling is to go a bit on the high side of what it might actually fetch at auction.  If you have the key then $2000 US minimum, and that is much lower than what I would consider fair. I am in the business of making keys and doing repairs on safes like these and I have a great deal of respect for the workmanship that went into making these safes.  Doug  my email is macslocks at gmail dot com  

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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.

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

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 No longer current.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

Publications
SAVTA monthly magazine

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

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

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