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Hi Doug

I'm hoping you can help to identify a safe. It's been recently painted black so I don't have any identifying marks on the outside of the safe. However, the inside was not painted over and is a pretty typical green color for that period. Assuming late 19th century.

Andrew, virtually any safe could have been used as a railroad safe.  And it would not necessarily been marked as such.  But if you remove the more recent paint carefully you will expose the original paint that may support your hope in determining if that safe was, in fact, used by a railroad.  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 No longer current.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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