I'm a complete novice trying to open a "Victor Safe & Lock" antique safe that belonged to my uncle before he recently passed away. We think there may be important documents in there, and I volunteered to try and research how to open it without knowing the combo before we pay a locksmith to come in. I found this website thanks to google. The safe says it was "Patented Oct 2 1888" and on the tumbler it has the number 52324. I was hoping I could contact the company to ask them, but it appears they are no longer in business.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me, short of paying a locksmith? I don't mind buying a stethoscope or basic tools if there is some sort of kit I can buy that will help me or just some basic tips of what to listen for when trying to turn the dial. Where should I start?