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QUESTION: I have an old safe, Barnes Safe & Lock Company - Pittsburgh, PA.  Can you help me determine the value?  I'd like to upload some pictures, but don't see where I can on this page.

ANSWER: Dale, I am not very good with this computer stuff myself.  See if there is an "attach an image" button down low on the page above the send button.   Doug

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QUESTION: I have figured out how to upload the images, but it only lets you upload 2, so I'll probably send you a couple emails.  Thanks much, Dale

Ok I have looked at all your pictures.  Due to the condition, I think you would be lucky to get a few hundred for it.  Safes like that are a dime a dozen and often people have to pay to get them removed.  But you never know you might find a buyer who appreciates an old safe with "character".  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 No longer current.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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