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hello i have an old wells fargo safe ive had it for about 42 years i was wondering about how much i could get for it ,its a 5 combo safe, its in pretty good condition it weighs aprox. 4 ton doesnt have much on it but on the inside of the right side of the door there is a disc shaped thing gold colored that has a picture of a guy and says joseph on top and cincinati on the bottom

Devin,  you would have Jos.L.Hall safe.  Big maker of the second half of the 1800's.  Without pictures it's hard to evaluate, but at the weight you are talking the available market gets small, unless it goes into a garage.  Of course floors can be reinforced.  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 No longer current.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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