Here is a old antique safe made by C H Griffiths of Cannon street London. The owner had lost the keys and wanted the safe open without damage. I opened one of these safes earlier in the year and suspected that the lock was not prone to picking so went armed with lots of options. Fortunately the safe didn’t have the Aubins patented guardian lock fitted which was designed to defeat picking attempts. A quick look in with a scope enabled me to work out the best form of attack.
The safe was opened and I left site and serviced the lock and cut new keys. The lock was the original one fitted to the safe and was badly worn. It required a fair bit of attention to make it work. Hopefully for another 100 years!
I love working on these types of safes as you can never really be sure of what will be inside.
If you have an antique safe thats tricky to open or lost keys give me a call.