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A colleague of mine recently inherited an old church structure and found this "Mosler" safe in the basement. He asked me to see if it's worth anything? I think it's old, but it was hard to get access to it.  Renovations were done around the safe, making it largely inaccessible. It is tucked into the bottom of the rectory stairwell.

Based on these very preliminary pics, would you be able to say whether it be worth getting appraised? Or should we scrap it?

Thanks for any advice you can offer us!


Basim, although it appears to still have a pretty nice paint job, the safe is not worth a whole lot.  Scrap yards typically will not take fire safes as they are mostly insulation.  You have to compare the costs of removing it against what you may get for it.  Someone wanting an old fashioned safe might pay $1,000 or more for it. Get a price on removal and go from there.  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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