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Gary Floor Safe  

Gary Label
Gary Label  
I cannot find any information about this safe. I have the combo but would like to know age and value (if possible). Thanks

Hi Phillip,

I'm not sure what information you are looking for as you were not very specific.

The Gary Safe Company was in business in the LA area (City of Industry) from about the early 1960's until the early 1980's when it merged with Allied Security in Seattle to form "Allied-Gary International".    This company continued until the early 1990's when it was acquired by NKL Incorporated, which was then acquired by FireKing International around 1995.

While FireKing International is the current owner of the "GARY" logo, safes made by this company have nothing to do with safes from the original Gary Safe Company.

Your safe is what we term a "Lift Out Round Door" type safe.    It is a Gary 50 series, 6-1/2" door, most likely a "B-50" door.    Probably mid to late 1960's.   
I'm assuming that the UL label lists the burglary rating as a "T-20" rating.    This is ACTUALLY a "tamper resistant" rating and NOT a burglary resistive rating.
The safe door is not case hardened but usually has a small round piece of hardened steel installed to protect the lock from normal drilling attempts.

The safe is obsolete and parts are not available for these containers.

Values for this container would be as follows:

Fire resistance:     $0     This is not a fire resistive safe
Burglary:          $0     Tamper resistant, not burglary resistant.   Actually has no rating unless it is actually installed IN concrete of sufficient weight to keep someone from walking away with it!
Resale:          $0     Has no commercial value or retail value.
Antique/Collectible: $0     Neither antique or collectible.

While it has no value under any of the above circumstances, as long as it is operational and serviced regularly to keep it operational, it can be used as a small security container - assuming that you plan on installing it in concrete or securing it down.

Values for sale would be in the $100 to $200 range, if you find someone interested in it.

Good luck with it, hope this was the info you were looking for.  

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