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Re: Antique Safes, Useful General Information

Posted By: Richard Koopman <rckoop@optonline.net> (cl166-222.invision.com)
Date: 10/6/5 14:27

In Response To: Re: Antique Safes, Useful General Information (James Schooley)

I have an old locked 1840-50 vintage safe that has a keyhole for a flat key that does not rotate. I assume that it works by turning the opening handle counterclockwise, inserting the key (which I don't have) and then turning the handle in the opposite clockwise direction for the levers to come down on the cuts in the key to open it. That's about as much as I've figured, right or wrong, but I was wondering if anyone is familiar with this type of lock on the old safes and if they could give me any information on how to pick the lock or even where to drill to open it. There aren't any markings on the outside of the safe so I do not know the maker. Thanks

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