Locksmithing/Key Identification


I am trying to identify a key I found that belonged to my parents.  I believe it may be an old safe deposit key, but I'm not sure.  I've been to several banks in the Chicagoland area and none can identify the key.  There is a number imprinted on the key.  Any help would be appreciated.

Hi Todd,

This key is neither old, nor a safe deposit box key.

This type of key would be used on a number of different types of safes made primarily in Europe and Asia.   US safe manufacturers don't use the type of lock this key goes to.

Unfortunately all of the foreign safe manufacturers that use this type of lock, also make a really large variety of safes and cabinets, from small hand carried personal boxes, filing cabinets, regular type cabinets, and of course safes.

As far as the number on the key - this is the key serial number, which ONLY tells the manufacturer how THAT particular key, and the lock that it goes to was bitted, or keyed up.   There are no records which would indicate what that key and lock, were attached to, where it was sold, or who might have purchased it.

The keys might have belonged to a cabinet or safe at their work or at home.   You need to look closer to where they lived their daily lives.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but hopefully this will help narrow down your search somewhat.


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland safes from the 1860'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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. 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

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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 - 2014 - 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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