Locksmithing/operning a safe


QUESTION: i have a HERRING-HALL-MARVIN safe model number-151865...was wondering if u could help me open it....Thank u so much!!!!

ANSWER: Heather,

I would be happy to, however as I'm in California it would be rather expensive to fly me out.   I would recommend that you find a local safe company to have their safe technician (not a locksmith) open it.

As you didn't indicate that you have a combination, I have to assume that you don't, this leaves you with two options, you can either try all of the 1,000,000 possible combos or call the local safe company.

Manufacturers NEVER publish any listings of combinations that safes may have left the factory set on, and as HHM went out of business when it was acquired by Diebold after 1959, contacting them is also out of the question.

Sorry, I wish I had a better answer, but these are your options.

If you don't have a local safe company, let me know where you are located (zipcode) and I'll see who I know in your area, that I might recommend.

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QUESTION: Ok we r located near Charleston West Virginia. Any information would help. Thank u!!!


Probably the nearest company that I would recommend would be:

Talton Safes
5924 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-779-3545       Ray C. Talton       
Fax: 919-772-8258

While there may be some smaller companies closer, I can't recommend any of them as I have no idea of what their skills are.   As Ray also does antique safe restoration, I know that he will do a good job.

If he is to far away, he may know of someone closer that he would recommend.


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 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.


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. 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 Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

SafeCrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA)

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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.

Awards and Honors
2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert 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

Past/Present Clients
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 and Western Nevada)

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