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I just purchased a Yale Safe, which is OPEN, and has a FOUR WHEEL combination lock, though the combination is unknown. Can you help me to determine the combination Please ?
Markings on the Safe: "Yale Lock Mfg. Stamford, Conn."
         "patent pending July 25, 1871"
several other dates follow, up to "Nov. 2, 1880"
On the handle: "9138"     

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Russ, Yale made a vast number of locks, although most models came in after 1880. Yale also did make safes, but to my knowledge by the 1870's had quit this business.  Can you post a picture of the front of the safe door and one of the lock inside?  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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