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Monday, April 22, 2013

It's not what you think!

Well, it's not what I think you may think. emoticon

It is actually a safe!

Without having actual measurements it stands about 2.5 - 3 feet high, looks about 18 - 24 inches square... and it weighs a ton! OK, maybe not a real ton... but it's REALLY HEAVY!

emoticon huh? :)

One of my many new "research" projects coming out of the "old family home" ~ the contents of which we are looking at liquidating completely in the next few weeks!

This safe - to any living relative's knowledge - hasn't been opened in at least a decade and quite possibly 2 or more. The one relative we know for sure used it died in the 60s. The house has been in the family since the 20s. And so far no one has discovered any documents or other resource to reveal the combination!

What might your guesses be as to the contents?

The relative whom we know used it was very active in a number of community activities, worked for the "railroad" and was one of the wealthier residents of the time.

How old is it?

What might be in it?

What will be the least expensive way to get it open without damaging the contents?

While the task of liquidation is indeed stressful, I love history and I love it when it's personal as well, and I'm always one for a good mystery! emoticon

What about you?

PS - 22 day streak with my Rise'n'Shine challenge!!! emoticon
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    That is expensive to open! Maybe someone could x-ray it for you and see if it's even worth opening. Try to find someone (or a locksmith) that has been in the business for a long time. They normally have ways to open things. My Dad was the master at getting other people into their home or car when they misplaced keys. He never did anything like that for work, it was just something he knew how to do.

    Maybe calling a pawn shop might render some good ideas on how to open it. They might have connections. If you give them your story with out divulging where it is, they might want to help just to see what is in there. Don't stop at one, I would try a few. Maybe even call the "Pawn Star" in Las Vegas, NV. They might do a show on it.

    As for the contents, I am guessing some family recipes...(or maybe I watch too much Sponge Bob! lol) Can't wait to find out what is in there!
    1860 days ago
    I love a good mystery!! We could guess until the end of time (which could be tomorrow hehe) I would suggest a locksmith to drill it out as well.
    1860 days ago
    I wonder if a locksmith could drill out the lock.
    1860 days ago
    hmmm odd
    1860 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Very interesting emoticon
    1860 days ago
    How interesting ! Can't wait to hear what you found in there.
    1860 days ago
    ooohhhh - a mystery!!!
    1860 days ago
    Best of luck on your safe and trying to get it opened but you might want to see if a lock smith has equipment to open it.
    1860 days ago
  • MAMADEE016
    Did that already! This is going to be a tough safe to crack! (no pun intended) emoticon
    The company that installed & serviced it is out of business, has been for awhile. There are no records from them.
    We have yet to determine the actual maker.
    I've spoken to 2 experts who tell me that unless someone local kept such records then they probably don't exist anymore. So far, no such entity... but I'm still looking.
    May be possible such a record exists in all the many papers, ledgers, books, etc, that we've so far discovered in the hidden depths of this house... so far, going back to mid 1800s!
    Their rough estimates for opening it - $400-500 and higher!
    1860 days ago
    Good job. As to the safe, check for numbers on it that you can call. If there are any, plus register #'s, there may be a record of the combination. They could also possibly get it open without damaging it or tell you how to.
    1860 days ago
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