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I saw my 1st Marble's 3 piece Outing gift set back in the early 1960's and was just taken back at it as a young lad...reckon that is what got me interested in Marble's knives, axes, and products,,,so.....
Folk's, I figured I would put this set together because of the historic implications it had on the United States of America in the very early 1900's in the exploration of our planet, engineering feats, and the safety it brought too those early explorers...For all of Webster Marble's fame as a knife & axe maker, he thought his waterproof matchbox and compass were his greatest contribution to the American sportsman...as quoted from famous arctic explorer Capt. George R. Conner,, W. L. Marble axes, knives, compasses, matchboxes could be found from the heart of Africa to the depth of the Amazon rain forest....Peary & Byrd on their quest to be the 1st to the North & South poles carried them,,,Charles Lindbergh used up 1 lb of his cargo weight limit to carry a Marble's Ideal, Compass, and Waterproof Matchbox on the 1st solo Atlantic crossing, all 3 of them are proudly on display in the Smithsonian Institution !!! Teddy Roosevelt was a regular Marble customer...when his party became lost during an Amazon Exploration, it was Marble's Gladstone Michigan compases that guided them safely back to camp !!! It is also well documented that Marble's waterproof Matchboxes played a pivitol role in the building of the Panama Canal from 1904 -1914...moisture was such a problem that one of the 1st things issued to folk's involved in this Gigantic undertaking was a Marble's waterproof Matchbox !!! Thus, that it why I thought I would put these 3 pieces of Marble's Outing Equipment together for the history interested Marble collector !!!
This is a 3 piece Marble's Outing Equipment Gift Set
1- Marbles Micarta handle Ideal...1 of 150 made
1- Vintage Marble's Waterproof Matchbox
1- Vintage Marble Arms #186 Short Tang Coat Compass
Knife is a 2003 Black Micarta scales Ideal...knife is 8 3/4" OAL with a 4 1/4" high carbon, brush finished blade...blade is stamped: Marble's with their Banner stamp, it is also etched: First Production Run...1 of 150,,, aluminum pommel, put together with the age old Marble's spacer system
Matchbox is a 6th Model with the bail on it for easy handling...this model had pressed collar threads, made 1933-1970, it is stamped: Marble's Gladstone Mich. U.S.A. Pat'd 1900....and, as can be seen in the enlarged pics, it looks mint, like it was never used, exceptional shape
Compass is a #186, short tang coat compass.... stamped: Marble Arms...the compass is also exceptional condition and in fine working order, Gladstone Michigan made
Knife comes with what I believe was the most top shelf deep oil tanned sheath that was ever offered at Marble's....thick oil tanned leather, a sharpening stone pouch built in the sheath (Stone Included) very similar to the Randall's...stamped: Marble's in leather on back, as well as keeper strap snap & stone pouch snap
You have everything ya need in this historical 3 piece set folk's for all your Outing adventures, knife for all survival needs, sharpening stone to stay sharp, compass for finding your way, and waterproof matchbox for fire starting...I have a 7" stag Ideal with the same sheath & added a fire starter to the stone pouch
Please supersize pics on the next page for a close-up look at this historic 3 piece set of all Original Marble's Outing Equipment !!!