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Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:30 am
by FRJ
Thank you, Bill.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:36 pm
by OLDE CUTLER
Another one I recently picked up that may be considered an Old and Obscure brand. This one is tang stamped "Sterling Service USA" on both of the blades and the pliers has a marking "PATAPLDFOR" which I assume is "patent applied for. The unit seems to be well made as the plier meshes together tightly. Have not found anything in any of my books. The handles are aluminum, but may not be original. In the photo with the tang stamp, you can see the letters "LT" which are raised above the aluminum surface of the handles. It is 3 5/8" closed length.
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Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:49 pm
by BWT
OC, nice knife!! Goins says there was a Sterling Service circa 1912-1922, a trademark for Thompson Hardware, can't help you more than that,if I don't read it in a book I know anyhing.Thanks for sharing.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:55 am
by OLDE CUTLER
BWT wrote:OC, nice knife!! Goins says there was a Sterling Service circa 1912-1922, a trademark for Thompson Hardware, can't help you more than that,if I don't read it in a book I know anyhing.Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the info, that's 100 times more than I knew about it before you posted.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:08 am
by Miller Bro's
Nice knife, originally it had bone handles. Valley forge/ Boker made them.

Do a search for Valley Forge plier-knife and you will find some ::tu::

I have one but no camera right now :(

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:41 am
by OLDE CUTLER
Miller Bro's wrote:Nice knife, originally it had bone handles. Valley forge/ Boker made them.

Do a search for Valley Forge plier-knife and you will find some ::tu::

I have one but no camera right now :(
Thanks for the help. Now with that info I have found some pictures of originals and can see what this one would have originally looked like. I picked it up at a gun show over the weekend from a $5 an item your choice box. It sure looks a lot better in the pictures with bone handles than in aluminum. Also found an old thread on AAPK from 2011.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:52 am
by espn77
WM.ENDERS MTG
CO USA.
I don't find this exact stamp in my Goins book but all 3 blades are stamped and main blade has "oak leaf" etched in the blade. Mop handles.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:52 am
by FRJ
Nice old knives, OLDE CUTLER and Keith. ::tu::

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:58 am
by Caseman601225
I posted this earlier on another thread, but maybe it qualifies here too. J Howarth, Sheffield. Mumbleypeg got me some dates. Say roughly 1920-present. So I have no idea yet where this one falls. J Howarth made hand tools as well as knives. I've just started searching for info so I don't know much yet. But I think it's neat, and I'd never heard of them til I came across this knife.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:31 am
by LanG
I'm not sure how obscure this is, but I traded for this last weekend because I liked the proud wood handles-
Germania Cutlery Works. Levine's book says they made knives from 1892-1937.
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Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:49 pm
by BWT
Nice Lan, just think of the stories those old wood handles could tell you if they could talk!!!

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:23 am
by knifegnome
espn77, A box with the Oak Leaf / Enders Brand , located in Walden NY.

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:27 am
by Miller Bro's
8) box!!

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:05 pm
by espn77
knifegnome wrote:espn77, A box with the Oak Leaf / Enders Brand , located in Walden NY.
That's cool!!!! Thanks for showing that

Re: Old and Obscure Brands

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:58 am
by knifegnome
Found this at a garage sale awhile ago, L.BRADLEY KNIFE CO. dates around 1856-1876