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Hi - I was wondering if you had any information as to the value of this piece of furniture.  It is approximately six feet tall and has 2 drawers on the bottom and 20 cubbies (5 columns * 4 rows) that are locked through a key on the right side of the piece of furniture.  Thanks.  Jeff

Hi Jeff,

I can't say that I've ever seen a similar container like this.   It obviously isn't a safe.

Whie Herring and Farrel both made safes for use in cabinetry,  I have no records of their actually building cabinets like this.

Unless this container has a hidden safe I have my doubts about it being made by them.   Having a manufacturer plaque attached doesn't guarantee that this is the actual maker.      Herring and Farrel only used this plaque with their safes.

unless it was made as part of a set. I'm inclined to believe that this may have been attached at a later date.

First recommendation would be a thorough examination of the entire cabinet,  including drawers,  looking for manufacturers marks.   Cabinet makers were very proud of their work,  and generally marked everything.

I would be happy to look at it closer but will need much better photos.    Pretty much,  until we establish a maker,  I will need photos of every surfa, including the backs and bottoms of the drawers.

You can send the photos to me at :

my email will only except about 12mb of attachments,  so it may be necessary to only attach 3 or 4 photos per email.
Pictures need to be good quality of at least 1 mb resolution so I can zoom in to look at details.

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland Safes from the 1860's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


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