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QUESTION: Mike I have a question.
A Samuel Withers Safe. It has the usual internal slide in/out draw, with the drop in type chrome plated lock.
Do you know of anyway of sourcing a replacement lock? Searched down just about every avenue I can think of.
Are there any specialist old part suppliers in the UK? Europe?

Regards and thanks in anticipation.

ANSWER: Hello Dave,
Thanks for your question and the picture of your Sam Withers safe.  It looks like a pretty standard 1930's 12 corner bent safe.  I take it that the safe is unlocked, in which case any reasonable Master Locksmith should be able to source and fix a replacement lock.  Go to, enter your postcode and select 'safe services' from the drop down menu.  I think there's one in Swansea and another in Sketty and possibly a third in Skewen.  If you have a problem, please come back to me.

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QUESTION: Mike,many thanks for answer. However the safe is open, main lock is working fine,its the internal sliding drawer lock thats missing. Looking for a source of supply.

Hi Dave,

A dealer in used safes usually has a stock of bits and pieces.  If you have tried your local locksmiths to no avail, send the picture of your safe to, he may have one he could supply.  It sounds like they are fairly straightforward to fit.


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I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.


I have been in the UK safe industry for 40 years and have one of the largest archive databases of old safe literature and serial numbers in the country. I started with Chubb in 1960 and became Assistant Manager of their Bank Security Division before moving on to become the Insurance Liaison Manager with the John Tann Group. I became Sales & Marketing Director for Guardian Safes Limited before semi-retiring. I am a Fellow of the Security Institute and ex-Chairman of Eurosafe UK, a trade body representing the interests of UK safe makers and distributors. I now work as a part time consultant.

I am an advisor to the Safe Committee of the Association of Insurance Surveyors, a Fellow of the Security Institute and founding Chairman of Eurosafe UK.

I have had literally scores of articles published in various security trade publications. So far this year I have had 24 features published in various journals including Keyways, Professional Security, Pawnbroker and Safe India. I have published one book, Peckham Boy, the life and times of the world's greatest safe cracker.

No relevant educational credentials.

Awards and Honors
In 1997 I was awarded the annual shield by the Association of Insurance Surveyors for "..outstanding services to crime prevention"

Past/Present Clients
I have represented or been an agent for the John Tann Group (Stratford, Ratner, Dreadnought and Tann safes); Churchill Safes, Chubb Safe Co Ltd, SLS Safes, SMP Safes, Dudley Safes and several others

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