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Fichet-Bauche Louis XV 38
Fichet-Bauche Louis XV  
Hi Doug, i have a Fichet-Bauche Safe, which I believe is a Louis XV 38. I wonder if you could give me an idea of its age and value. A photo is attached Thank you.
Meera

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Meera, I do not have any price list info on these safes nor do I know how long it was offered.  But my guess is the safe is from around the 1980's.  It was based on a standard model modern safe, but with the added wooden enclosure.  Because it was a special model, I suspect it has held or even increased in its value, unlike most standard safes.  If you are unable to find any pricing info, you might get an idea of its value through high quality furniture companies. Doug  

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Doug MacQueen

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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 No longer current.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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