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Antique Safes/Info on Wells Fargo strong box


BB the PO 8 wrote at 2013-11-09 22:25:28
Wells Fargo was not added into REA.  In 1919, because of WW II, all the remaining express co's were consolidated by the government into American Railway Express. In 1929, the government gave an opportunity to a number of railroad co's to a stake in a new company called Railway Express Agency.  The marking for Wells Fargo on this strongbox would have to be examined to confirm its authenticity.  

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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 No longer current.

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

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

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