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is there any way to re-set the combination one this safe ?  besides going to a locksmith  it is in the open position and unfortunately we have lost the combination

Hello Claudette,

Unfortunately I'm not going to be much help at this point, as I have no idea what you have.   

The short answer would be "YES", as long as the safe door is open - the combination can be recovered or reset.

As for your safe.   Sears sold safes which were made by a number of companies, some of which were imports.    The "relocking device" is a safety device mounted inside the safe, which in the event of a burglary attempt, would seal the safe shut.   This device also has nothing to do with Sears or the manufacturer of the safe.    The serial number you provided is for the "TAG" that you got the info for, and again - NOT for the safe.

Bottom Line, while I cannot identify the manufacturer or answer specific questions about your safe, due to lack of info, as indicated the combination can be recovered or reset by a safe technician at a local safe company (NOT a locksmith).   Check your local yellow pages under safes & vaults for a local company.   If you can't find one, let me know where you are located (zipcode) and I'll see who I might know in your area.  

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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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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2009 - 2013 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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