I figured I would post this on there as some of you guys might even know some information for me on these old safes.
The previous owner of the house left it here. Don't blame him as the thing has to weight over a 1,000 lbs and only way out is through the cellar steps and it would not be fun. The front door was open in the locked position so it couldn't be closed. We had spun it so the door was facing the wall and the kids couldn't pinch their fingers in it. That is how it sat since we have lived here and never gave the thing much thought.
My one coworker mentioned that he was looking to get a bigger safe. I was joking around telling him that we had a large safe down in the basement but didn't know how he would ever get it out without spending a good bit of money doing it. He had brought up about if it was an old York Safe that they tend to be worth more than some of the others. I knew the safe had some artwork on it but didn't remember how much or the name that was on it or if it even had a name.
Fast forward to just the other day. I went down in the basement and used a 2x4 to spin the safe so the casters were pointing perpendicular to the wall and exposed the front door. Walked around to the front of it and here it was a York Safe. There is an inner door that has a key type lock and it is closed and locked.
I took a bunch of pictures of it and took them into work so my coworker could check them out. I was bound and determined to get the thing open. I really don't think there is anything in it. The previous owner of the house built the place in 73 and this safe is probably from 1880 to 1890. I think he might have bought it at an auction at some point.
I was able to figure out the combination on the front door. I took the back of the lock and panel off the back of the front door and studied the wheels and the rotations to see what it took to get the gates lined up. I knew the dial closest to the inner part of the safe was the first number of the combination.
It is a 5 number combination but the last number only puts the fence into the gate moving the bolt and allowing it to open. I am going to call a locksmith tomorrow to see about having them come out and pick the inner door lock.
I will attach some pics of the safe.