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QUESTION: I have a halls safe with numbers 14874 on the handle/ latch. Can you  tell me how old  and how much it weighs.

ANSWER: Tim, possibly with a couple pictures of the safe I can help you. Doug

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QUESTION: Best I can do right  now

ANSWER: Tim, on the weight its a bit hard to tell from those pictures.  Full frontal pictures are needed at the least.  Dimensions would help also.  Age wise I would say around the 1870's.  Doug

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QUESTION: Thanks Doug for the age. Sorry for pics safe is at uncles house he's out of town. I think it's about 3 feet by 3 feet probably closer to 30 inches. It has wheels also. I saw a picture from Dana that looks close to same size,Dana had asked a question about value

Tim, if you are trying to determine weight for moving the safe, it is best to get exact dimensions of the outside and the body thickness.  Even then it will still be a guesstimate based on experience.  Yesterday we moved a safe I guessed was probably around 1500 lbs and it turned out to be 2500 lbs.  Usually I am not that far off but shows that when moving safes, its best to over estimate.  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.

Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current.

SAVTA monthly magazine

CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

Awards and Honors
2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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