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Number on plunger that pulls out on front is 1266.
Is there anything to fit series of holes on plunger to make safe lock work? It is open and can be closed but does not lock.
Is there any one in the area of King NC  27021 to work on this to make it function.
I have more photos if needed. Also is there any information I can send you to help with this?


I was able to find photos of a similar safe in my collection, showing the key that fits into the slot.   The key has holes of varying depths, which would activate the lock pins, which push against the lock levers.   If these holes are to the correct depth (matching the pins and levers), the lock will be in alignment and unlock or lock.    Unfortunately, there are no records which indicate whether the #1266 was simply a safe serial number or a key serial number, so any "key" will have to be hand made to fit the lock on your safe.
I wish you were closer as this is the type of work that I love doing.   Hopefully one of the companies I've indicated will be able to help.   If they need a photo of the key let me know.



I would need to see photos of the lock area, to see what you are trying to describe, to offer any solutions.

You can send these photos to me at:

My first recommendation for a safe tech to work on your safe would be:

Talton Safes,         Though Ray is around 100 miles away, he knows antique safes and would be a good choice.
919-779-3545          Ray Talton
5944 Fayetteville Rd
Raleigh, NC   27603

Closer would be:

Tarheel Lock & Safe   About 50 miles away
412 West Ketchie Street
China Grove, NC  28023

Next would be:

Dowless Safe & Lock Repair     about 120 miles
910-425-7619          Downey Dowless Jr
3705 Floyd Dr
Hope Mills, NC  28348

Send me the photos of the lock and I'll see what I can do to help you.

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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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