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Hello I own an old bank building in Forest Junction Wisconsin that was renovated into a house. It still has the original vault in it with the big outside door, the two inner doors as well. It says Victor safe and co on it. We are going to be selling our house but want to possibly sell the vault doors first but I have no knowledge if they are worth anything and can't find much info online. Can you please help me out?

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Callie, yes doors like yours are worth something, but it is also not all that easy to find a buyer who will pay to make it worth the considerable expense of removing and shipping it.  The door and frame have to be taken out together.  Without the frame, it is not really worth doing.  It must also be carefully removed and packed. The cost of removing is also dependent on the type of vault wall construction.  Get an estimate from a concrete cutting company and go from there.  Remember to factor in the cost of repairing the jamb.  It looks like a fairly thin door, a couple inches thick, which puts it in the home gun vault market.  On the other hand , it adds to the value of the house as an architectural feature, correct?  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.

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40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Organizations
Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current. Antique-Locks.com

Publications
SAVTA monthly magazine

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

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

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