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Vault door  
Sadly this door was stolen so we only have one photo of it. The photo is of decent quality and contains the name of the agents who sold it. It was located in a 1900 bank in Michigan. Any information about its age and use would be appreciated. And we need a approx value to tell the police. Sadly we do not have insurance.

I know the information is limited but please tell me what you can

John, these fancy thin burglary doors were popular in the late 1800 - very early 1900's.  Several makers offered them and at this point, most have disappeared.  They were offered with different styles of impressive cast iron jamb trim, which dressed up the thin, unimpressive doors. I imagine that complete with the door, the resale value would be $3000-5000, maybe more.  Although in this case the jamb has value in itself, the loss of the door equals the loss of the burglary resistance of the vault room.  Obviously you can't just go out and buy a replacement.  A custom door of equal quality could be made by a safe company, and would cost at least $5,000.  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 No longer current.

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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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