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just curious how much we should try to sell this safe for - we do have the combo for it. I think it may be from around the 1920's ish -

Margi, I think you would be lucky to get a couple hundred.  At this point in time, sometimes safes like these end up being given away, just to get them removed.  I agree with your dating of it. The handle and dial are older Diebold but I am not sure the safe itself was made by Diebold.  Protection wise, it will certainly keep the neighborhood kids out and it will give a degree of protection against fire.  Might be worth more just to keep and use it as a liquor or or handgun cabinet.  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 No longer current.

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

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