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I HAVE A LARGE SAFE MADE BY YORK SAFE & LOCK CO, 15 MAYDEN LANE,NEW YORK. IT IS ALSO MARKED - THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY OF THE US.
IT IS A DOUBLE DOOR SAFE - 130CM HIGH, 97CM WIDE, 80CM DEEP, WITH A WOODEN INTERIOR CASING AND SHELVES.
IT IS A COMBINATION SAFE WITH THE TUMBLER MECHANISM REMOVED BUT STILL INTACT.
CAN YOU OFFER ME ANY INFORMATION REFARDING THIS SAFE AND IF IT HAS ANY VALUE?

REGARDS
DAVE OXLEY
CAPE TOWN
SOUTH AFRICA

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Dave, I wouldn't have a clue as to the current used safe market in South Africa.  But the safe is open and if the lock can be re-installed to work, then it is usable and has some value, certainly more than the cost of getting the lock back in.  But why was the lock removed?  Possibly to insure it would not get locked up sans combination.  York made a quality product, was in business for 50-60 years and made many different products, including the Cleveland Federal Reserve vault here.  I would need pictures to tell much more.  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.

Experience

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 No longer current.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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