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Hi Doug, you came recommended from Matt. I acquired a free 5ft tall safe/cabinet. I can not locate any makers marks or identifying factors and am hoping you may be able to offer some info. The shelves are not original. The combo lock is a Yale 3 number combination with brass wheels. The turn handle that unlatches the door works a bar that slides to right which triggers the three rectangular bolts. This is all new to me so my terminology may not be right on some of this. Would you happen to know what I have? A name? An era? The inside is all wood. I will try to attach a pic or two. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Al, the flat bolts are the most distinctive feature on that safe.  Virtually all U.S. makers used round bolts during the period of the 1890's up into the 1920's.  Not many safe companies survived into the 1930's. Those dates are based on the type of Yale lock in your safe.  Yale supplied to many companies, with some locks being maker specific.  Also there were several makers with those style hinges.  I seem to remember running across a safe with flat bolts like yours but I can't locate any pictures so far.  Also there are still some unknown makers that are still turning up from that period.  Sorry I can't help you further.  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 No longer current.

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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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