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Re: Barnes Safe & Lock Co.

Posted by Dave LaBarge, CPS-CML-CMS on June 03, 2008 at 05:45:42:

In Reply to: Barnes Safe & Lock Co.
posted by
Brandon, NC on June 02, 2008 at 19:00:00:


The majority of the questions asked here are "What is my safe worth?" or "Can someone give me info on my safe?".

Most of the safe manufacturers mentioned here on this forum are long gone such as Barnes. They were either bought up by other larger safe companies or they just went out of business due to the economy or costs of materials leaving little to no company records.

Advances in machining and metal forming would have probably changed the safe's model number between the years listed in your post so even an original Barnes catalog information could be wrong. Like we hear occasionally today "manufacturers specifications are subject to change without notification...."

The lock maker Sargent & Greenleaf is still alive and well celebrating their 150th anniversary just last year in Lexington, Kentucky. The most common S&G lock for the Barnes safe would be a "roller bolt" which after the correct combo is dialed the "lcokbolt" swings upward out of the way to allow the boltwork to enter the lock. Quite a common lock for it's time but not really used today.

That's about all the info I can give you. Good Luck on your restoration and maybe email me some pics afterward.

Dave LaBarge
The "Safe Historian"

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