First of all I am most grateful for the help received on this forum which has enabled me to get this old safe back into good working order.

Although I could find no makers mark anywhere, I think it may be a Verstaen. My reasons for thinking this are the shape of the brass guides, the general design of the locking mechanism and the plain oval escutcheons.

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The only job remaining is to touch up the paint on the door face.

We now know that this safe was not used by the French Mining Co. and we are awaiting news of the family of the original owner so that we might return the papers found inside to them.