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My church, located in Brooklyn, NY, has a antique safe made by Valentine and Butler.  The safe has been in the church basement since the 1930s.  How would we go about selling this safe?  Are their any antique safe buyers in the New York City vicinity?

Jaime, a couple pictures would help out here.  Valentine and Butler made some pretty fancy safes.  A good place to start would be to post it on Guy Zani's website free section for selling antique safes. Also the Elizabeth Street Gallery in Manhattan deals in exceptional antique safes. 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 No longer current.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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