Locksmithing/safe value


I have a mosler safe class T-20 Burglary Spec F1-D Cat. No. 4820CL S.M.N.A Class C that I would like to know the value of please let me know what photos you need to make a determination


Without even seeing your safe, I can give you some basic values.   Your Mosler safe is pre-1960's, as such it is over 50 years old and does not meet ANY current standards for fire and this is NOT a burglary resistive safe.   The "Class C" rating is a 1 hour specification for heat resistance.   The UL-T-20 is actually a "TAMPER RESISTANT" rating and NOT burglary resistant rating.   The specification "F1-D" indicates that the container is a "fire Resistive Safe" ONLY.

Fire resistance:     $0     Does not meet current standards
Burglary:          $0     This is NOT a burglary resistive container
Resale:          $0     It has no commercial or retail value, and should NOT be used for overnight storage of cash, jewelry or valuable documents.   It is only good for storage of general purpose documents, or items that are easy to replace.
Antique/collectible: $0     It is neither antique (over 100 years) or collectible

While it has no value under the above categories, this doesn't mean that it is valueless, however it only has LIMITED value, possibly in the $0 to $350 range.

If you would like me to look at it, I would be happy to.    I will need to see full exterior and interior photos, as well as detail photos of the dial, handle, lock and bolt work, insulation material (in door) and any items which you have questions about.

you can send the photos to me at:   andy@securitysafeusa.com

Hope this helps,


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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".

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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 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

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