Antique Safes/SAFE

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HELLO I DID A HOUSE CLEAN OUT UP WHERE I LIVE AND GOT A OLD YORK SAFE AND LOCK CO YORK PA SAFE AND IT IS LOCKED WITH NO COMBINATION COULD YOU TELL ME HOW THE DIAL WORKS LIKE 4 TIMES TO LEFT OR 5 TO LEFT NO SURE HOW MANY TIMES ONE WAY AND HOW MANY TIMES TO THE RIGHT IS IT 4-3-2- THANKS ANY QUESTION PLEASE CALL 814-3296252 TONY

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Anthony, the key question is the door locked shut or locked open?  If locked shut, it is pointless to discuss dialing sequences.  You will need to hire a safe technician to open it. I see you are in western PA, I might be able to locate someone or do it myself if you are close to the Ohio border. If it is locked open, then post a picture of the safe and a close up of the dial, good clear pictures, then we can discuss this further.  Doug

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Doug MacQueen

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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.

Experience

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 No longer current.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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