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QUESTION: We Have A Safe We Would Like To Know The value Of. It Is A Bahmann & Co. Safe.

ANSWER: Hi Elizabeth, I would like to help you but this one picture isn't quite enough to determine a general value.  It is a Mosler Bahmann & Co. safe from the latter 1800's with original paint.  How big, how well it works and the interior are several factors that influence it's value.  Help me help you, more pics.  Doug

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QUESTION: I Have One Other Pic...We Are Just Looking For A General Idea Of What These Safes Are Worth..It Is In Good Shape And Opens, It Was Found In An Old Mercantile Store Back A Long Time Ago And It Belonged To The Older Couple That Built Our Home In The 1940's. It Is Extremly Heavy So We Cant Move It Around For Many Good Pics, It Is At The Back Of Our Storage Building At Our Home. ThanKs.

Safe restoration has become somewhat popular today and your safe is a good candidate as it is well over 100 years old, not overly large, has the roping trim and the original paint to work with.  To someone looking to restore, I would say your safe is worth at least $500 if not more.  Hope this helps.  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.


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 No longer current.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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