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Punnett Safe
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When we purchased our home 28 years ago, there was an antique safe in the basement.  I did have the combination at one time and have seen the inside.  We are currently selling this home and I would really hate for this safe to be discarded .  It's quite heavy as you would know, so I am a littl reluctant to move it.  Does it have value?  Too whom does it have value?  I think I could figure out the combination, the house is to be demolished and the safe would too if I can't find it a home.  Looking forward to your thoughts.

Donna, from what I can tell from the picture, it is a small safe in pretty good shape, so yes it has some value.  I have seen some like that go for $500 and used as end tables.  But getting it out of the basement is a job in itself.  Can that be done safely at low cost?  If the answer is yes, then pull it out.  Depending on the house and how the house is taken down, it could be lifted out during the demolition.  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 No longer current.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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