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1966 York safe

Posted by Danny, Hagerstown Md. on June 25, 2011 at 09:18:23:

I was recently given a York Safe that measures roughly 30" square. It has a single door, combination lock with a "T" shaped handle to the left of the dial. It was a Pa. Railroad safe and had a date on the envelope of Aug. 11, 1966. I do have the change key. We had the combination written down which is 4-101, 3-52, 2-84, 1-95. The name Geo. W. Laucks Gen'l Ag't is painted on the inside of the door.
Now to my question..The lock is an "Eagle" brand. It is numbered 20-100. In your opinion, does the first number of 101 indicate a wear in the lock, or something else? The door is shut and locked and I have tried just about every suggestion posted in order to open it. I've tried starting left, starting right, bumping the door, nothing seems to work. If all else fails, I'm going to access from the rear by cutting, but will I be able to access and reset the combo without having the original by lining up the wheels. Also do you know if the "T" handle is turned clockwise, or counter clockwise to open?
A local locksmith wants $500 to open it, the safe is not worth it.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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