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I have an very old Victor Safe, around the early 1900, we have had it for years and used it, I can not get it to open anymore for me, is there someway to gt it open, I have tried the combination many times, fast then slowly.  Cathy

Cathy, there are various reasons why the safe may not be working correctly.  It sounds like you need to get professional help to determine the problem and then fix it so it does open reliably. In most cases, just getting it open does not fix the problem.  Since the safe has been in use for a long time, the most common problem is the combination is worn and needs to be adjusted.  Doug  

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Doug MacQueen


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 No longer current.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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