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We recently purchased a home in which the previous owner was president of a local bank many years ago.  In the garage is a Globe-Wernicke Co. safe (with a label inside the door saying 1321T), it has 26 safe deposit boxes in the bottom, with two shelves on the top.  While the previous owners had most of the keys to the safe deposit boxes, they didn't have the bank guard key.  Is there any way it can be reproduced?  Or will we have to have all the boxes drilled out, which makes them basically useless.  Thank you.

Xann, it is highly unlikely all will need to be opened but depending on a practice widely utilized in the keying of SD boxes, you may find it necessary to have several opened in order to reproduce the guard key.  Then again only one may do the trick. The make and model of the locks will have a bearing on the best way to have the boxes opened.  As older SD locks do not always respond to the opening methods used on newer locks, it is important to find someone well versed in SD servicing.  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.

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