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Mielink Safe
Mielink Safe  

The Dial
The Dial  
I have an old Meilink safe, that I found in the attic of an old house in NYC about 30 years ago. It has never been opened, so I have no idea of any contents. So...can it be manipulated? Do you know the proper dial sequencing? (#s 0-49 on dial) Or should I just go ahead and have it drilled? I described it to a rep from Fire King, and they told me not to damage it, as it may be more valuable as a collectible than anything found inside.
Matt, from Matt's Antique Safe Restoration, told me that you might be able to manipulate it...so any thoughts you may have would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Eric

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Eric, nice safe and I do believe I have manipulated at least one of the those.  And probably drilled one too.  There are lots of old black safes out there that have been drilled and repaired, that only under close inspection can you make out the repair. Odds are, there is nothing of value in the safe but on the other hand if there is, it is likely to be greater than the value of the safe and the cost of opening.  I am sure there is someone within 100 miles of you that can do either method of opening.  Wilson safe in Philadelphia is a possibility.  Doug  

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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.

Experience

40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Organizations
Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current. Antique-Locks.com

Publications
SAVTA monthly magazine

Education/Credentials
CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

Awards and Honors
2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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