Posted by Dave LaBarge, CPS-CML-CMS on November 04, 2008 at 04:34:19:
In Reply to: Vintage Empire Safe|
I have an antique National Safe labeled "The EMPIRE Safe" in near mint condition. I received it from a priest who had it in their family since it was new dating it to probably the 1920's or so. It's a olive drab color green and has National Safe Co, CLeveland, Ohio on the dial. I have the original combination sheet and also a National Safe "brochure" that later shows their executive offices were located in Syracuse, NY.
The Yale Y132 dial may be a replacement, I've never seen a National with that dial although another manufacturer, Meilink, used a similar dial back in the 1930's and 1940's.
You might find a buyer on your local Craig's List and your safe might get you a couple of hundred dollars depending on condition.