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Victor Cannonball Safe
Victor Cannonball Safe  

Patent Plate on inside of top door
Patent Plate on inside  
My husband just bought a new office  and inside this office is a very old Cannonball safe.  Don't know off hand if it works as I do not have the combination.  Both doors are open.  Is a little beat up, understandable I guess for the age, but I was wondering if you could give me an idea of what something like that would sell for or suggest how I would go about obtaining such information?  I can't seem to find anything on the web.
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Teri, fortunately the upper door is open.  This makes a big difference!  If the timelock is intact, found inside the door, that also makes a big difference.  In a totally restored condition these safes can be up in the $10,000 range.  However the restoration costs (painting, replating, mechanical work, etc.) can easily be in the $5,000 range.  You must understand that I am only involved in the mechanical aspects of these restoration jobs, which includes cleaning and lubrication of the timelocks and locks, so I am not an expert on the values of these safes.  But I would expect the safe would be worth a couple thousand in its existing condition, assuming the timelock is there.  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 No longer current.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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