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I have a 1933 George Damon safe encased in cement in my basement.  It is probably a paperwork safe.  I bought our 1905 Massachusetts home in 2002 and the safe was opened at that time.  At some point my kids closed and locked the safe without any combination code available.  I am wondering if there would be someone interested in the Massachusetts area to view the safe and possibly open and reset the combination code so I can use.  Also, what would opening the safe cost? Thank you. Jacques

Jacques, a couple questions first.  Where are you located in the state, generally speaking?  I know a couple safe techs up your way.  How big of a hurry are you to get it open?  And a picture of the door and a close up of the dial will help me give you an idea of cost.  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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2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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