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I read some advice you posted several years ago on acorns for a safe.  I have a Reliable fire safe circa 1920s. I need one acorns! Do you still have odd ones around or machinist that can manufacture? I can send the dimensions and a picture. Thanks.


Yes, I have some old acorns (finials) for various safes, though I can't guarantee that I'll have one for your safe.

I also have a machinist that will make them for me.   We will need your dimensions and a photo to make them to your specs.   I would recommend that you send one of your acorns so that they can verify all of the measurements.

My basic recommendation would be to have all new acorns made so that the ones installed on your safe all match.   You can save the original ones to go with the safe if you sell it, however having matching acorns installed ON the safe will make a big difference.

As far as materials, we can make them out of pretty much anything you want, though material and finish will affect the price.   Finishes usually include polished or satin finish, and materials Brass, Stainless, etc.   Materials can also be chrome or nickel plated.

Many original acorns were hollow, formed material - we don't make this type of replacement, all of ours would be made from solid material.

Cost will depend on the size, shape and material.   Once I receive your drawing, photo and sample, I'll get a price for making the acorns.   All items are made using CAD/CAM machines to ensure that each item is identical.

you can contact me at:    or by sending the drawings and sample to me at:

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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

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