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I have this safe that I inherited from my grandmother, so it have a great sentimental value for me.
I saw a few safes on this website and I started to wonder about mine:
I would like to know from what year it is? if the company has some sore of history or story worth to know, also, the cities that it has written on the bottom of the door, do they mean anything? I mean they are cities of my country (Venezuela) but why are they there? And finally, on the lowest part of the door there is "Velencia" written, there is a city call Valencia, could it be a misspelling? or does it have another meaning?

Maria, the safe is probably from the 1920's.  Herring Hall Marvin did export safes to South America back then.  The company was later bought out by Diebold and it is unlikely they would have any information or be able to help.  The placement of the city names is where safe dealers would often put their name and location, but multiple cities like that, I have never seen.   I see that the word "Vigilante" would have been the model name, meaning guard or watchman in Spanish.  The Velencia spelling does show up on Google so I would assume it is just a variation.  Sorry I can't be of more help.  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.

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