The W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has a very rich history that began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning their knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. The company has produced countless treasures and it continues to do so as one of the most collected brands in the world.
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That's a very cool find k7k! Face brick is thin veneer brick used to give the appearance of a brick structure.
What makes the letter opener special is that the Hanley Company was founded in 1893 and was originally called the Bradford Pressed Brick Company... yep the company was right in Case's hometown of Bradford, PA. You can read about the history of the company in this newsletter (http://bradfordlandmark.org/images/uplo ... nkwell.pdf
) and you will see that many famous Bradford landmarks were made from Hanley brick.
I used to live in PA and still collect PA historical items. If you have an interest in selling it ping me.
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Great letter opener! Been meaning to add one like that, and currently have a Remington in my eBay watchlist--dont' know if it's even still available.
Any reason why office knives typically have spey blades?
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On a stockman it is a spey blade, on an office knife it is an ink eraser. Back when documents were written with fountain pens on thicker paper than we use today if you made an error writing you would scrape off the mistake with an ink eraser after the ink dried. There are many antique ink erasers in antique shops and on ebay often advertised as scalpels or fleams. The letter opener/ink eraser combos use the spey type blade rather than the standard ink eraser blade which usually had a large protrusion toward the tip of the blade.