Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:23 pm

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gsmith7158 wrote:Here's one I saw on ebay that I found pretty interesting so I bought it. After all how often do you get to buy a 110 year old knife in pretty good shape. The knife is stamped Friedmann & Lauterjung which was an importer in New York from 1864-1909 and is the firm where JBF Champlin got his start in the knife business. This is the firm that eventually gave rise to The Electric Cutlery Co.The seller described it as a sailors rigging knife, but it looks more like a good sized pruner to me.

That's quite the knife Greg!!! The condition and the history,my kinda knife thanks for sharing.

Thanks Bill! I really enjoy finding old gems like that. It's probably a pre 1890 knife since it has no country of origin stamped on the tang. I have one of the old Electrics that they sold as well but boy they sure are hard to come by. It's pretty exciting to find one! ::super_happy::
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:15 am

That's a rare one Greg! :shock:
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby gsmith7158 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:22 am

Miller Bro's wrote:That's a rare one Greg! :shock:

Thanks Dimitri! I nearly dropped my phone when that one popped up in my saved searches. :D
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby Miller Bro's » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:27 am

I bet! :lol:

Might as well throw this one in here............
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:27 am

Nice pruner Dimitri - love the handles ::tu:: ::tu:: ..

Here's one I posted under the Parker & Field thread as a related knife to the discussion but it belongs here - I also included some more detailed info on Haywood...

Joseph Haywood & Compy (Ca. 1845-1888) … Joseph Haywood born in 1823 in Sheffield. He apprenticed with Robert Sorby & Co Sheffield (merchant and edge tool manufacturer) and eventually took over the cutlery of his uncle, George Willis Hinchliffe, (known bowie and pocket knife maker) in 1850 following Hinchliffe’s death. Prior to 1850, Haywood was lisetd as a merchant clerk on Eyre St In addition to the trademark of "Hinchliffe", which was continued even under Joseph Haywood, Haywood was granted the “kettle” trademark in 1860 (see tang stamp of this blade). The blade was deep stamped “Joseph Haywood & Cmpy/ Sheffield Maker”. Notably the handle is pressed horn. The integral liners and bolsters suggests a manufacturing date of +/- 1860…. The company known for quality cutlery advertised pen, pocket & sportsman’s knives, pruning and budding knives existed until 1888 with approximately 165 employees reported in 1881. Unfortunately the company began to have issues following Joseph’ s death in 1888 and only existed under his son, Arthur, for only 2 more years before being declared bankrupt in 1890. The entire company was dissolved over a 12 year period and bought by Needham, Veall & Tyzack and T Turner & Sons in 1902. Turner carried on the pocket knife line and Needham, Veall & Tyzack would continue table, razor, scissors and electro-plate.

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:34 am

Fabulous old knife and history, Lee. ::tu::
Great stuff. ::nod::

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:36 am

Thanks Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ... The info summarized the highlights from that included in Tweedale's book...
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:57 am

Here's a Robeson.
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby espn77 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:59 am

Nice one Joe, Lee, very cool tea pot for a tang stamp ::tu::

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:14 am

Thanks Keith ::tu:: ::tu:: ... Some Sheffield makers no doubt had some unique trademarks like this teapot... for example, John Blyde used the planet Saturn with Genius stamped above it :) ...

Nice Robeson Joe ::tu:: ::tu:: ... great condition too!!
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:28 am

Thank you, Keith and Lee.

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby danno50 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:20 pm

Great old knives, Greg, Dimitri, Lee and Joe! ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: Love that teapot tang stamp!
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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby LongBlade » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:20 am

Thanks Dan ::tu:: ::handshake:: ...

Here's a few of my budding grafting knives all with integral spuds -

Miller Bros - 4" - Smooth Bone

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IXL Wostenholm - 5" Gunstock pattern - Ivory

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby FRJ » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:40 am

Beautiful knives, Lee.
Those don't show up too often here on the forum. It's nice to see yours. ::nod::

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Re: Old Pruning and Horticultural Knives

Postby BWT » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:41 pm

LongBlade wrote:Thanks Dan ::tu:: ::handshake:: ...

Here's a few of my budding grafting knives all with integral spuds -

Miller Bros - 4" - Smooth Bone

Mark Side DSCN7203.JPG

Pile Side DSCN7209.JPG

Blade Open DSCN7233.JPG

Tang Stamp DSCN7367.JPG


IXL Wostenholm - 5" Gunstock pattern - Ivory

Mark Side DSCN7195.JPG

Pile Side DSCN7558.JPG

Blade Open DSCN7245.JPG

Tang Stamp DSCN7313.JPG

Thanks Lee for sharing your budding knife I have never seen one in person,it’s very nice . The Joseph Haywood you posted last month,really nice,love the old ones. Joe really nice Robenson you posted as well. I missed a few posts lately,thanks for sharing those.
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