Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

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Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby 58chevy348 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:11 pm

Just wondering how scarce an early Case shield marked "Stainless" is. One tang stamp is Case Bradford, and another is "Case's Stainless." I didn't have one of these shields in my collection or the tang stamp with stainless. Thanks!
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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:37 am

I think any knife marked Case's Stainless is pretty scarce. And that's the first one I recall seeing with that shield.

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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:32 am

I've never seen that stainless shield on a Case but I do have one with the Case's Stainless tang stamp and the tang stamp chart says 1915-20 for that which would match up with the Case Bradford years. The goldstone cell handles would also be indicative of that time period. Could be a rare one. ::shrug::
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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby Gunsil » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:55 pm

I wonder about the tang stamp chart since stainless was not even invented or perfected in 1915 and wasn't available for cutlery manufacturing until 1919 according to Levine.

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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby knifeaholic » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:07 pm

Knife is authentic, and fairly rare. My guess is that the knives like this one marked CASE's STAINLESS were introduced in the 1920's. I have Case price lists from 1931-33 that list them, but in the 1934 price list they were all gone.
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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby gsmith7158 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:11 pm

Here's a history of stainless steel.
http://www.bssa.org.uk/about_stainless_steel.php?id=31
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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby americanedgetech » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:37 pm

Gunsil wrote:I wonder about the tang stamp chart since stainless was not even invented or perfected in 1915 and wasn't available for cutlery manufacturing until 1919 according to Levine.


The knife industry seems to get/use exotic materials well before the rest of industry catches on.
Aluminum is a prime example. Early aluminum handles come in at about the same time as the processes to use it commercially came in. The time when Most people consider it "invented".

I can only assume it is because eating is right up there in the top two survival basics, and knives are about as basic A need as people had back then. Way more important than beer cans or bicycles... ::super_happy::
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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby 58chevy348 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:57 pm

Thank you all for the input on this knife. My further research puts the knife anywhere from 1916 through the 1920s (and possibly very early 1930s as stated above).

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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby mrwatch » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:09 pm

One time on the antiques Roadshow a lady had a French ladies powder box. The appraiser told her it was from when aluminum a new found item and people considered it rarer than gold so you have a item priced at $xx. I have seen a couple at antique shows and wouldn't give a plug nickel for one.

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Re: Early Case Bradford with "Stainless" shield

Postby gsmith7158 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:18 pm

mrwatch wrote:One time on the antiques Roadshow a lady had a French ladies powder box. The appraiser told her it was from when aluminum a new found item and people considered it rarer than gold so you have a item priced at $xx. I have seen a couple at antique shows and wouldn't give a plug nickel for one.


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