Antique Safes/safe


I just bought a house that came with a Reliable Safe and Lock Company safe, from Covington KY.  It has some stickers on the front of it but I have the combo and original key.  Would you be able to give me a ballpark on what it would be worth?

Shelley, If it is a small one, end table size or smaller, then it is a good restoration candidate.  This helps to increase the value above the larger albeit more usable size wise old safes.  I would think around $500 if you can find someone interested in restoring it.  As the company name suggests they are very reliable, mechanically.  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 No longer current.

SAVTA monthly magazine

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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