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We own a house built in 1850.  It has an old safe in it.  We were told by the previous owners that at one point a sheriff lived in the house and he had the safe put in.  We were wanting to learn more about the safe and its potential value.  Thanks.

Krista, very nice safe.  It's not from the 1850's, more like later 1800's.  MacNeale Urban was one of the big Cincinnati makers along with Diebold, Mosler and Hall.  The cast iron roping trim definitely adds value to the safe, easily doubling the value.  Careful removal of the black paint should reveal the fancy original paint if someone wants to restore it.  I would think it would readily sell for at least $1000.  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.

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 No longer current.

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

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