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Thank you. I was hoping you could help me further identify this safe model and when it was made.  image attached and i can provide more specifics and images if needed.

there are two small plates with number stamps on outside and inside door.  Cement slurry filled about one inch thickness from what i can tell underneath. interior dimensions about 1w 2t 1d in feet.  single center handle throws all 4 round latching bars, 2 on each side.  seller said it was a diebold 900 combo mechanism.

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Mark, I have seen quite a few of these Diebold safes and no doubt there are many still in service, but I don't know a model number.  Built around WWII, if the lock case is bronze, it was built before the war.  And if diecast, then built after the war.  Doug

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Doug MacQueen


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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