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Doug:  I have purchased a safe I found in a computer shop in Charlotte Michigan.  I would like to have it restored to original condition if possible.  I have noticed that some of the screw are new (not original) I'm not really interested in dollar value more its just a cool thing to own and use.  I do know if its worth big dollars restore would lower it value but what are the chances of it being worth big dollars.  I'm looking or someone who can restore it in the Jackson Michigan area.  The thing weights a ton and it was a job just getting it home.  Any help would bring many thanks.  I have goggled but have not found much.  Can you help!!!!!   I can take pics if that would help.


David, it is not necessarily true that restoration reduces the value of collectable safes any more than it does of artwork or automobiles.  Anyway, Alpine is not real high up on the list, so in your case, make it as nice as you want with the money you want to spend.   Yes, pics will help as well as specific questions.  As far as restorations go, contact Tom at Hoogerhyde Safe in Grand Rapids(Google), he should be able to help you find someone.  I know he has used Matt Lamborn here in Ohio, but he may know someone closer to you.  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 No longer current.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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