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How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

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CapnKelly

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:26 pm

How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

Hello all,
I am trying to date my Gary Safe Co. floor safe. I have not seen another lid with the same tags as mine on line anywhere. The safe lid does NOT have a re-locker. Your site seems to have the most Gary lids I have been able to view.
https://i.ibb.co/J35ZtGx/030.jpg
The (13) In the company address refers to District 13 Los Angeles. Underwriters Laboratories was not able to help me as the safe is "too old".
The writing transcription from the 2 tags on the lid are as follows:
Tag #1: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. INSPECTED TOOL RESISTING SAFE T-20 BURGLARY 43073
Tag #2: MFG. BY GARY SAFE CO. LOS ANGELES (13)
The safe body has the following markings:
3073 (stamped on the rim)
60 (cast into the steel container)
what appears to be the letter "K" within a diamond (cast into the steel container), this could be a letter "V" with an underscore instead of letter "K"?
Would love to get some expert opinion on this floor safe as I have read several posts re: Gary lids and Titan and Titan II lids.
Looking forward to some expert advice here :safedial:
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CapnKelly

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:28 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

this is the safe housing
https://i.imgur.com/REXnryr.jpg
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MartinHewitt

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 5:37 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

You will probably not get more information here, but it doesn't hurt to ask. One place which is more specialized in old stuff is www.antique-locks.com, though they are more focused on European safes. Again, asking there can't hurt. And generally speaking there is just a lot of information lost over time. Maybe nobody can date this safe other than by the missing post code. I would be very interesting to know when my Mosler locks were made, but other than 1920s to 1950s, which is my gut feeling, I will probably never get a better information.
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CapnKelly

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 7:05 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

Thanks for the insight,
the post code at that time was (13) which was for District 13. I have seen a number of other models with "GARY", "TITAN" and "TITAN II" which have other post codes or none at all but all were LOS ANGELES.
The addresses I am aware of so far were:
(13) - 530 Stanford Ave
(21) - 1020 Crocker St
City of Industry - 306 9 Ave
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bitbuster

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Post Tue May 12, 2020 9:19 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

OP asked same question 5-7 on LP101. Got about same replies here.
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Donharris

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Post Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:03 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

Hey whats up I was looking for more information on a Titan II combo floor safe i found in my house.
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bitbuster

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Post Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:37 pm

Re: How old is my Gary floor safe (round lid)

May be a long shot but contact FIireKing Safes.
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