Locksmithing/Dominion Safe

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we have a Dominion Safe. Locked with no combination.
we would like to restore & use it. can it be opened without dammaging the classic safe.

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Mike,

I'm not sure what "the classic safe" means???

Dominion Safe & Vault Company, Niagra Falls, Ontario was basically in business from around 1916 until around 1975.   It was operated for a period of time by the Canadian Fairbanks Morse Company during the early years.   This company was NOT a manufacturer of safes, they were simply a distributor or sales agent for various safe companies.

So first step would be to try to ID what you actually have - unfortunately we might not be able to until it is actually opened.
Second step would be to have it opened.   You basically have two options, you can try dialing all of the 1,000,000 to possibly 100,000,000 combinations, or you can have a safe technician from a local safe company open it for you.

NOTE:  I NEVER recommend using locksmiths for safe work as they generally don't have the training, knowledge or tools and can cause excessive damage or charge exhorbant fees.

If it is opened correctly by a professional safe tech there will be no damage and the safe can be repaired or restored based on what your end result requests are.

If you don't have a local safe company, let me know where you are located and I'll see who I know in your area.   Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of contacts in the Ontario provence other than ones along the US border.  

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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.

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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. 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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