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QUESTION: I was given my great grandfather's York Lock And Safe Company safe. He bougth from a man who's name is engraved on it, John Schrader when he was around the age of 50. If he was alive today he would be 114 years old. Trying to determine the age of the safe, I know its atleast 64 years old. Is there any serial numbers on the inside to help indicate age of the safe? Thank in advace for any information to help me find out age of safe. Thanks Steven.

ANSWER: Steven, post a couple clear pictures of your safe.  York was in business for many years and visually I should be able to get an idea of era.  Doug

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QUESTION: Ok here are the pictures you asked for to dertermine the age of my great grandfather's safe. Thanks so much for the help!  Steven

Your safe is the early cast iron fire safe York made for many years up into the early 1900's, possibly into the 1920's.  I have always been under the impression that the practice of putting the buyers name on the safe was discontinued by WWI, but not sure on that.  So the safe is almost certainly 90 years or more.  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 No longer current.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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