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Hall\'s Safe & Lock Co.
Hall's Safe & Lock Co.  

Hall\'s Safe & Lock Co.
Hall's Safe & Lock Co.  
My family bought a building in Chicago in 1978 and in the basement was an old Hall's Safe & Lock Co. safe. We know the combination and that it's around 3,000 lbs. I've researched the internet and made calls and some people say it's worth more restoring it, while others say its worth more not painted/restored. It stands 35 inches high, 22 inches long and a depth of 23 inches.  The inside is a lot smaller: 16 X 10 X 11. I can't find a serial number on the handle or anywhere else, seeing that it is so worn down. I was wondering how something so old would be worth because I got an estimate from the company that would relocate it for us and the price would be around $2,500, maybe less.

AJ, for the most part, antique safes are like antique cars in that restoration is the game.  Your safe is a good candidate for restoration but is not so rare that it gains anything remaining in its current condition.  The estimated weight and moving cost both seem a bit high nut then again I don't know all the particulars.  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 No longer current.

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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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