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Dear Doug,
  I was recently cleaning out my family home to sell and the old safe that I grew up interested in, I took home. The house was built in the early 50's by my grandfather. In the master bedroom, in the closet wall is a 16x10 inch space with a door and inside was a safe that fit perfect in that space, on the inside of the safe is a label-Safe Manufacturers National Association,spec-F2-ND,4Y8711, Group1. On the combination lock it has engraved-National Lock Company, Rockford USA. There is another label on the door, it says Herring Hall Marvin, Hamilton OH. I hope this is of some help to you figuring out its value-if any. Actually I wanted to get it fixed-all the parts are intact, but it seems the combination lock is frozen and won't turn either way. Can you tell me anything about this safe and its value.
         Thank You,
         Nicole J. Walden

Nicole, it sounds like a small fire resistant wall safe, and odds are the safe has more sentimental value to you than dollar value on the market.  It is probable that it can repaired and it may not be a major deal at all, but parts for that lock will not be available.  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.


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 No longer current.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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