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    Default Here are just some of my Cannonball Safes in my collection. Looking for More1

    Here are just some of the safes in my collection. I have more and want more so keep me in mind if you have one for sale.
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    Do any of the cannonballs and similar have shooting bolts or do they ALL have a turning cam action to lock?

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    Tom, if I understand your question correctly, most but not all of the cannonball type safes have rotating doors of with a lug or a screw thread to hold the door shut and one or more bolts to keep it from being turned. Andrews nice little red model Mosler is a double lug. The design was almost entirely to prevent the introduction of nitro glycerine. And as far as real burglary attempts go, the safes apparently were successful.

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    Yes you did understand right- I was asking which ones did not have that type of mechanism -obviously round vault doors had multiple bolts shooting outward but which of the cannonballs did?
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    Tom

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    Default Cannonball Safe Question

    Almost every cannonball safe that I have seen has a cannon breach type of door that locks by screwing in while the door turns. I have never seen one that has standard pins like a normal safe.

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    well........-


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    Default CannonBall Safe

    Interesting Safe. I have not seen that one before. Who makes it? Looks very old. Can you post more pictures of it.

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    Chatwood 1928

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    Tom, glad to see the cannonball made to the UK. For starters the earliest one I know of also happens to be the truest to the name and that is the Marvin Chrome Iron dating to the late 1860's where the small door has a shooting bolt. Next in line is the Corliiss which I recently posted a bunch of pictures. Certainly the most interesting mechanically. That door recedes inwardly to open and is kept locked by a huge C-clip type of locking ring. Moses Mosler did patent a version of that safe after Mosler bought out the Corliss Safe Co. where the door unscrews as it moves inward. I believe it was made but have yet to see one. Another that comes to mind is Cramer Safe of Kansas City that had a three way boltwork. And there are a couple of other patent safes which may or may not have been made. On odd one, by Jos. Hall I think, was for a small round door where the door itself is turned to dial in the combination numbers. Doug

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    The sad part is that these safes were used as wrecking balls at times because these they are so heavy and tough. Somewhere I have a picture of a building coming down with one of these in use.

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