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QUESTION: Hello Andy, I have been reading some of your answers on here. I understand that you have 2 jewelers chests on your personal collection. I have a great interest in jewelers  chests. Would you send me some pictures of your chests? Thank you


My jewelers chests are not for sale, so I'm unclear of what you are looking for.   Are you looking to purchase one, or do you simply have questions concerning them?????

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QUESTION: I was just wondering if I could see some pictures. I realize they are not for sale. I'm just curious as to what they are. A few pictures and a description- such as brand, size, weight, any info. Just curious.

ANSWER: You will have to send me an email request, directly to me at:

I have numerous photos of various safes, so if you have something particular that you are looking for, I'll see what I can do.

As far as weights, or models or basic info, as these chests were NOT sold as stand alone units, manufacturers didn't include basic information in any catalogs.   Sizes can go from fairly small, about 1 cubic ft, to fairly large covering 1/2 the interior of a really large safe.   Size would depend on the manufacturer, what the client wanted, model or size of the exterior safe, etc.

While you could buy an off the shelf production model, special orders were very much the norm, especially after completion of the "Transcontinental Railroad" in 1869.   It became MUCH easier to ship safes accross country, in a much shorter period.

Please be specific with your requests, and not just a random - photos of jewelry chests.

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QUESTION: I wanted to see pictures of the chests in YOUR collection. And info on YOUR chests. Just curious about the ones that you have.  (NOT YELLING AT YOU)


No problem, I'll still need you to send a request to me, at my email, as I can't attach photos here.   Also this site, wipes all of your personal info and/or email address.   This is basically just a question and answer site.    Sorry, not my site - I'm just a volunteer here.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


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.


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

Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes

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.

Awards and Honors
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

Past/Present Clients
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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