Well, Budde took another day off from farming and helped me move this solid chunk of steel from my father's estate in Portland. It took all day and was not easy.
It was in the house when he bought it back in the early 60's from E. Frank, of the Meyer & Frank department store. His partner Meyer lived across the street.
It has never been locked since we moved in and had the combination printed on a tag and taped to the door. I think my father was afraid that had it been locked, someone would try to break into it, fail, and result in one of three things:
(1) the safe would be ruined but un-opened & anything inside would cost money to recover
(2) If the safe were blown open, the office would be a mess if not consumed by fire.
(3) If left empty but locked,it would be ruined &would cost money to move the thing to the scrap yard.
At best, there would be a mess.
The lock is a 5 wheel Yale and I have of course the combination although I haven't tried it yet as the safe is currently on it's side meaning the door has to lift up instead of swinging to the side. It's Heavy!
If anybody can tell me the maker of this thing I would appreciate it. The latest patent date on the dial is Nov. 1880 so it is no older than that.
Now I need to borrow Budde's engine hoist to get it off the cart. I hope I don't break the hoist..
I will remove the combination paper from the door. I hope I don't lose it.
I think I will keep it locked with only a note inside that says:
Congratulations! All that work for nothing! Get a real job.