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Re: OLD YALE SAFE

Posted By: Ken Dunckel Safecracker-Boxman <kendunckel@aol.com> (cache-rh03.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 6/23/4 12:15

In Response To: OLD YALE SAFE (JENNIFER ROSS)

The safe lock was probably made by Yale, but probably not the safe itself.

Though there are a few old safes of that approximate vintage that were made by Yale, the overwhelming majority of old safes whose dials are marked "Yale" were made by various safe makers who installed Yale combination locks on their products.

It's the same as if you see Firestone tires on a car; the car maker installed Firestones on that car.

If the safe is as old as say, it's original paint was probably a lead-based black gloss enamel. If you have the safe sand-blasted to remove the old paint and recover it with a suitable modern paint you'll finish with a nice looking safe.

Be sure to remove metal trim parts and/or to do a very good job masking any of the trim and gold-painted areas before starting an agressive procedure like sand-blasting.

You could also have the trim parts (dial, dial ring, bolt control handle, and hinge tips) replated with a polished nickel finish. That was the most popular trim plating finish. Ken Dunckel Safecracker-Boxman

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