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Antique Safes/Lowrie S&L co. N.Y. 1907 ser.5083or6ors


trying to find value of safe. we have combination.Safe is in great condition.

Michel,  I assume you have a small round door wall safe since those are the only ones I have seen by Lowrie.  According to Lowrie's patent, these were sold as an inexpensive alternative to the more costly free standing safes.  However, when it comes to security, "security by obscurity" can and often does work.  So its value is that it can be easily hidden, just like in the movies.  Proper installion in a wall will add to it's security. I would think one in good shape would be worth several hundred dollars.  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 No longer current.

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

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