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If a Mosler floor safe was damaged by it being drilled open can still be worth good money?

Hi Leslie,

As with anything, it depends on the damage done to the safe.    As parts are not going to be available unless you find a similar safe to use as a donor for parts, if items damaged cannot be repaired then it is pretty much just a large paper weight.

Drilling, when done correctly, shouldn't damage the safe, the lock or the bolt work.   Generally on safes like yours we would use a small 1/4" hole to open it up, and then repair the hole.

Judging from the photo that you have included - someone has drilled what appears to be about a 1/2" or larger hole.   I can't tell from the photo if a repair was attempted or not, and without seeing the damage to the bolt work I can't comment on repairs or potential repairs.

Bottom line the answer is "YES" it can be repaired, I just have no way of knowing from the photo included what it would take to repair your safe and/or bring it back to operational status.

Obviously any potential "VALUE", or as you put it - being "worth good money", would depend on necessary repairs and/or parts required.    Cost to make the repairs would take away from potential value.     However that being said, if the safe was a family "heirloom", then to me, value far exceeds cost of repairs.    You can not replace something that was owned by a family member who meant something to you.   

Hope this helps,

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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