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I'm trying to find out the value of a very old safe I have.  It is 4ft tall by 3ft wide by 2ft deep, and weighs approximately 3000 lbs.
It is a SAFE CABINET LABORATORY inspected M.E. SAFE No. 9656.
I would like to sell it, but have no idea how much to ask for it.  Can you help?  Thank you.

Bette, sorry to say but safes of this type are very difficult to sell in today's market.  From the weight you list, it sounds like it is a 4Hr. fire resistant model.  But if I remember correctly the M.E. stands for medium exposure, which would make more like a 2 Hr. fire model and it would weight quite a bit less than 3,000 lbs.  Either way you have an undesirable that would be expensive to move.  Maybe your local historical society could use it as it is a good fire safe.  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 No longer current.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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