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|Comment||Thank you Andy for the speedy response. You truly are a expert sir. I was amazed at the amount of information one can get from a safe, vault. As stated the gentlemens Father passed away years ago sudenly and only he knew the combination. It is closed but the dial and handle seem to move freely. There is no rust on it and it still has the original finish. I will take the photos, model, and serial number. I will see what type of paper work the gentlemen has with it. He is in his 70s now and it has been in his home for over 60 years as his father brought it home with him when he closed his buisness here in Toronto decades ago. He has sold his home and asked me if I would like it. The only catch... Moving it!!! When I forward you the information maybe we can do a small featurete on decoding the type and opening it for your readers. The gentlemen asures me there are articles in it, because his father would not allow anyone in the room when he opened it, not even his Wife!!! There is no damage and it has gold face lettering bellow the handle and combination. I only had a quick glance at it and thought I saw Dominion on it but he insistid it is Wells Fargo. I will forward all photos and info, serial#, and measurements to you this weekend. Please feel free to e mail me if you would like more info or talk. One thing for sure I tried to move it and it is very, heavy. It does not have wheels but four large stuby legs. Thank you again for your time and expertise.|
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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
SafeCrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association
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
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)