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Antique Safes/Hall's Patent Safe Value?



Inherited a safe, here the info I have:
Hall's Patent Safe
Hall's Pat's July 23 & Oct 29/67. (1867)
Hall's Safe & Lock Co. Cinncinati
Serial # 85924
100 Number Dial

Have the combo for the outer dial, but not for the inner dial. Trying to figure out what this safe is worth, so I'd greatly appreciate the help.

Chase, old fire safes of that type are generally not worth a whole lot.  Too big and heavy for most people to contend with.  However that inner chest does add value...if it was open.  Unfortunately the cost of opening it will eat up much if not all of that added value.     I think a price of $500-600 is fair.  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.

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