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Hello, thank you for reading my email regarding my lockbox/safe. 25" tall and 16" deep with door badging that reads
James Bruce
36 West Nile St.
 Glasgow (Clascow)??

Inside on back of door is original sticker..
Fire and Thief Proof Safe Depot
 36 West Nile Street, Glasgow

Has one small slide out drawer inside. 3- lock bars in the door.
Recently the lock will not engage (lock) when using key. The twist door opener works as normal but it will not lock. Is there someone in the Dallas,TX area you can recommend to repair? Also, any info in the safe itself is greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Hi Mark,

James Bruce was only a sales agent for the manufacturer.    The manufacture was one of hundreds of small safe companies building these containers in England during the late 1800's.    Unfortunately the majority of this type of container is the same as all of them, with the only real differences being the lock, the handle and the key hole cover.    Generally they had a manufacturer's plaque, but in this case it seems to have been replaced by the sales agent plaque.

As far as having the lock repaired, I don't know of anyone in the Dallas area that specializes in antique safes and/or specifically these old English containers.

The largest safe company in your area that may have someone that can work on it would be:

Rolland Safe Company
3140 Towerwood Drive,
Dallas, TX  75234


If they can't help you they may know of a safe technician in the area they would recommend.

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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.


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