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I just moved in with my family to this home and the landlord showed us this safe that no one has opened since the first owners built this place. I wanted to know more information on this type of safe and how I can open it. The safe also has engraved info that I think may help open it but I'm not sure what any of it mean, I can send those over to you through email.

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Hi Elfego,

I'm not sure who made this safe, but it wasn't Yale - they were ONLY the lock manufacturer.

First question - do you have the combination for the safe???    If not then you only have two choices, 1.  dial all of the 1,000,000 possible combinations available for this lock, or 2.  contact a local safe company to have them open it for you.

The dialing sequence for the lock on this safe is probably going to be:

4 times right to the first number,
3 times left to the second number,
2 times right to the third number,
1 time left slowly until the dial stops - should be around 10.

Note:   Left is counter clockwise, right is clockwise.   Do not count the revolutions of the dial count the individual number as it arrives at the 12 o'clock index mark.

I would be happy to take a better look at the safe and the info that you have to see what other info I can give you.   Please take some good quality photos and send them to me at:

andy@securitysafeusa.com

Hope this helps,

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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