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I have a safe and was wondering how much I could sell it for and where would be the best place. It's from 1877 and says Los Angeles and sarbourgh. It's really heavy. And I do hVe to code to open it.

Natalie,  here in Ohio those old Diebold fire safes are commonly found.  That model was made for at least 30, maybe 40 years.  Therefore don't expect to get much for it, a few hundred maybe.  In it's day it was a good commercial grade fire safe.  Where to sell?  I suppose your local Craigs list would be the way to go.  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 No longer current.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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