Safes & Security Containers/Halls Safe and Lock Company


Hi Terry -Thank you for your response dated 5/4/16 regarding our church's Hall safe. It will not be possible to get more detailed pictures of the safe for some time. Is it possible for you to ball park a resale value with the pictures I supplied? Thanks

Hi Lance,

Sorry, but evaluations and/or appraisals are based on the overall condition of the safe, what you have, how old it is, etc. etc. etc.

I have no way of knowing what the overall condition of your safe is as you have only provided one photo.    From the photo I can tell that the safe has been repainted, it is missing 4 of the finials (hinge acorns), and one of the handles appears damaged.

This would lead me to believe that there may be numerous other issues with the safe which would ALL provide negative values to the safe.

This is one of the reasons that I don't do "ball park values", there are too many variables with regard to condition that can affect the value.

The other main reason is that my evaluations and appraisals have to be the same regardless of who is asking.    Suppose I give you a "ball park value", and a potential buyer wants an appraisal, but does provide photos.    If the evaluation and/or appraisal doesn't match and/or isn't close to the first one, it calls into question my judgment, and neither the buyer or seller will take my evaluations seriously.

Again, while I understand the difficulty in obtaining and/or providing ALL of the required photos, without them I cannot provide you with any evaluation and/or appraisal of the safe.

If in the future you are able to obtain the necessary photos and would like me to look at the safe, I would be more than happy to take a look at them.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 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. NOTE: I also answer safe related questions in the Locksmith and Antique Safe Categories sections.


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 Experts 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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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, including western Nevada

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