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Old 05-22-2020, 03:47 PM   #51
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You sir have skill of being extremely lucky!
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:55 PM   #52
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This thread will make classic status. That is an excellent write up and thank you for posting. Are you guys gonna have the coin collections appraised?


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Old 05-22-2020, 04:01 PM   #53
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Another thing that I found interesting and you probably will also...


When it first opened... the smell... you know, that old smell. Like walking into a 100 year old house. I know the safe isn't airtight but the smell hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as it cracked open.
That was the ghost exiting. Great post.
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Old 05-22-2020, 04:05 PM   #54
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This thread will make classic status. That is an excellent write up and thank you for posting. Are you guys gonna have the coin collections appraised?


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This is one set. Value of appx $50

https://ncmint.com/11-pc-wartime-silver-nickel-set/

The other set is a bicentennial coin set. Value of appx $20

https://mintsetguide.com/1976-silver-3-piece-mint-set/


Not of great value but as they're still in their original packaging, they'll be worth something one day.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:17 PM   #55
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Cool story but I can’t help but believe it would have been a little more entertaining if the gas would have been released.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:57 PM   #56
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Another thing that I found interesting and you probably will also...


When it first opened... the smell... you know, that old smell. Like walking into a 100 year old house. I know the safe isn't airtight but the smell hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as it cracked open.

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Another thing that I found interesting and you probably will also...


When it first opened... the smell... you know, that old smell. Like walking into a 100 year old house. I know the safe isn't airtight but the smell hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as it cracked open.

Now...see that is something that cannot be duplicated. Awesomeness.


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Old 05-22-2020, 07:45 PM   #57
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That is super cool Clint

I would find a place and park that in my living room with just a wipe down.

You probably know this but those safes were lined with asbestos

I found one several years ago that had my last name painted on it but they wanted $4500 for it and I didn't want it that bad
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:57 PM   #58
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That is super cool Clint

I would find a place and park that in my living room with just a wipe down.

You probably know this but those safes were lined with asbestos

I found one several years ago that had my last name painted on it but they wanted $4500 for it and I didn't want it that bad

From what I’ve read, there’s mixed reviews about it being asbestos. The general consensus is that it’s not asbestos but has asbestos mixed with it.

I doubt I’ll “fully restore” it although it would be cool looking. I don’t have the time, equipment or resources. If I did it myself with what I have on hand, it wouldn’t look any better than it does now. I found where I can order the inside door decal that depicts the original date of the patent. I’ll definitely clean it up, especially the locking mechanism as it’s gummed up. I’m going to experiment on a couple areas to see if I can remove the last layer of paint to reveal the pin striping and original decals inside. I’ll be on the lookout for an interior door latch as well. But yeah, either just a good cleaning or restored, I’d like it parked in the living room or my office.


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Old 05-22-2020, 08:01 PM   #59
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Very cool.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:48 PM   #60
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Not sure why I thought of the Goonies while reading this thread. Awesome write and cool find. I really like the part of telling your wife you’d wait for her. And the. There was no gold bars!







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Old 05-22-2020, 09:01 PM   #61
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Not sure why I thought of the Goonies while reading this thread. Awesome write and cool find. I really like the part of telling your wife you’d wait for her. And the. There was no gold bars!







J/K

LOL!!

It was in her family and nothing inside it pertained to me. The few minutes it took her to get home I just sat there in amazement that I actually got it open. It would have taken a safe full of gold bars to get me off of that high!!

When she got home I asked her if she wanted me to leave her alone so she could go thru it and she said no, she was afraid she would start crying. She started going thru stuff, showing things to me and telling me stories about them. I learned some history of her family that I never dreamed to ask and things she may not have ever thought to tell me if she hadn’t gone thru things.

It’s amazing how something as simple as a envelope, a scrap of paper, a ring or even a hair tie can spark a memory


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Old 05-22-2020, 09:02 PM   #62
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:43 PM   #63
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Old safe stories are some of the coolest stories. Old safes are cool stuff. That safe is very cool. I would not let it go anywhere.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:45 PM   #64
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That’s a way cool story, thanks for letting us be a part of it.
I love seeing where the old safes have been restored back to original.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:47 PM   #65
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Very cool


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Old 05-22-2020, 10:37 PM   #66
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You may have been even luckier than you thought. I broke into only one safe through the years and it looked just like that one except it was twice as big. I went through the back, cutting the countersunk heads off of all the bolts in the back. We took the back off and had to chisel through about 6" of white chalky stuff.. We took the inner back out and removed the shelves and drawers. There was a whole box of blasting caps from 1958, the last year it was opened, in the safe. We took the little door off the inside of the main door so we could align every thing to open it. As the door came off we heard a snap sound. When we got the little door open, there was a glass vile, broken by a spring arm. The label on the vile said cyanide. I asked an old lock smith about it and he said most of the larger ones had it.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:45 PM   #67
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It was meant to be. Great story and write up.
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:05 AM   #68
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Enjoyed every bit of this write up. Thanks so much for sharing


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Old 05-23-2020, 08:03 AM   #69
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Sure that's teargas and not phosgene or cyanide?
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:43 AM   #70
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Awesome write up and thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:50 AM   #71
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Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-23-2020, 01:29 PM   #72
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neat story for sure!
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:45 PM   #73
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WOW Clint, that is an amazing story, and even more amazing as you add little tidbits to it!! What a treasure that is! Congratulations to you sir on getting that sucker open SAFELY! (pun intended)
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:05 PM   #74
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I saw this on The Chive today and it talks about the tear gas-I guess it was fairly common back then
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:06 PM   #75
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:40 PM   #76
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Interesting safe and booby trap for sure. Glad you got it open without breaking the trap and without a combo


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Old 05-24-2020, 07:50 AM   #77
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That's cool, enjoyed the read and pictures.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:05 PM   #78
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That’s awesome!!

Any idea what year that was?

N/M, I see it’s dated 1931

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Old 05-24-2020, 04:10 PM   #79
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You may have been even luckier than you thought. I broke into only one safe through the years and it looked just like that one except it was twice as big. I went through the back, cutting the countersunk heads off of all the bolts in the back. We took the back off and had to chisel through about 6" of white chalky stuff.. We took the inner back out and removed the shelves and drawers. There was a whole box of blasting caps from 1958, the last year it was opened, in the safe. We took the little door off the inside of the main door so we could align every thing to open it. As the door came off we heard a snap sound. When we got the little door open, there was a glass vile, broken by a spring arm. The label on the vile said cyanide. I asked an old lock smith about it and he said most of the larger ones had it.

I found another post you shared a few years back telling that story. I told Shannon about it and she kinda freaked out, as did I!

Glad it had already evaporated!! Scary deal for sure!!


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Old 05-24-2020, 04:12 PM   #80
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Sure that's teargas and not phosgene or cyanide?

The little bit of information I’ve found on these safes from this time period all said tear gas. Draco’s safe cracking involved cyanide as it was a much larger safe. I found a few safe restorers and I’m going to pick their brain as to what it could be.


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Thanks, love the story.
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