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Hi Doug,
I have inherited a Mosler safe that my father purchased from a shop in Silverton, Colorado around 1960. I am hoping to sell the safe and have been looking for information on its value and hopefully some history about it and where to post it for possible buyers. Looking at other comments about the Mosler serial number on the handle,#263040, I am guessing around 1915 for a production date? The safe is functional, in great shape, nice interior with multiple metal doors and rolls nicely on its large wheels. Thank you!!

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Joanna, ebay and craigslist seem to be the avenues for selling things these days.  Certainly a well made fire safe but not old or rare enough to be highly sought after.  Designed as a small business safe against fire and amateur burglary, it would make a nice home safe.  I think somewhere in the $400-500 range would be a fair price.  Good for another 100 years.  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.

Experience

40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Organizations
Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current. Antique-Locks.com

Publications
SAVTA monthly magazine

Education/Credentials
CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

Awards and Honors
2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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