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i Acquired this safe early last summer from a guy scaping metal and i saw this safe on his trailer and i bought it from him for $50.00. The handle on the safe is missing and the dial looks like it has been beaten with a sledge hammer. the paint is in rough shape it was very muddy and i washed it very lightly trying not the damage the paint anymore it obviously had multiple layers of paint. the undermost layer that i can tell is Herrington Hall Marvin Safe Co. Hamilton Ohio above the lock and below if says Dameron Pierson Co. New Orleans. How can i find out more about this safe and most important. How can i get into the safe?????

Brady, other than the safe is around 100 years old and was sold as a fire safe, there isn't much to tell.  Herring Hall Marvin was a big time company and there are lots of safes like that still around.  And in much better condition. As far as getting it open,  this is where you call in a professional, but it is questionable whether that safe is worth it.  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 No longer current.

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

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