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Mosler Safe
Mosler Safe  

Inside the Front Door
Inside the Front Door  
Hi Terry,
We've had a Mosler safe in our family through three generations.  We're moving out of the area, and my husband wants me to get rid of it.  I'm wondering if you can help tell me how old it might be, and it's value.  Stamped on the combination knob with the Mosler name and Hamilton, Ohio is: 375772.
(I don't think it's 875771.)
I have the combination, and it still works perfectly, but I don't have the key for the little box on the inside compartment.  I know it offers some fire protection because of the metal plates on the inside of the door and also on the front door.
Thank you for your help.  Raimie K.

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Hi Raimie,

Based on the serial number and the photos your safe would have been made during the early 1940's, probably 1941 or 42ish.  This safe was designed for fire resistance ONLY and not as a burglary resistive safe.   At best is this container is only "tamper" resistant!

This safe is over 50 years old and does not meet ANY current standards for fire resistance, it also is not a burglary resistive safe.

While it is a cute little safe, it has little value at this time, possibly in 20 to 30 years when it becomes an antique.

Basic values are as follows:
Fire resistance:          $0     Does not meet current standards
Burglar resistance:       $0     Not a burglary safe.
Resale value:          $0     has no commercial or retail value.    should not be used for overnight storage of cash, jewelry or valuable documents.     GENERAL PURPOSE Storage ONLY!
Antique/Collectible:      $0     Is not considered antique or collectible.   Basically this would be considered old office equipment at this time.

While it has no value under any of the above categories, this does not mean that it has NO value.   "IF" you are planning on selling the container I would look for about $100 to $250.   if you need it to go away more quickly, then expect to get the lower value, or be prepared to lower the value you are looking for.    If you have time to wait for that one time buyer who falls in love with the safe, then you can hold out for a bit more.

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.

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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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Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada

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