Case collection garage find

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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Case collection garage find

Post by Ropeman » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:28 pm

I was helping my girlfriend clean out her garage and noticed a Buck Knife display case with several knives piled up in the bottom. After trying to find a key for the tiny lock and then trying to pick it I just removed the screws on the hasp. What I found was not a collection of Buck knives, but some very well preserved Case knives from the early to mid 80s. Her mother owned a hardware store in the 80s and she thinks this came from there. Now I need to talk her into letting me put these in my collection :)

I knew they were all valuable, but didn't know any specifics so I had to join up here and do some research.
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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:39 pm

Nice find! And welcome to AAPK. You may have found it already but in addition to the member posts here, there is a good research section that can be accessed by clicking on "Research" in the header up at the top of the page.

If you have questions about a knife just post pictures of it with your questions (be as specific as possible about what you're wanting to know). ::handshake::

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by TPK » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:43 pm

Congratulations on the great find Ropeman!!! ::tu::

Wish I could help you but "I'm with stupid."

No worries though, lots of folks here with lots of knowledge. There is also a Case thread. I'm sure you can find out all you need to know there or look at the top of the page & you'll see "Research". There you can learn how to look at the stamps on the blades to figure out how old or young those actually are. Plus lots of other stuff about Case knives.

Good luck, ::tu::
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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:47 pm

That's quite a find! The 1980s second cut stag sells for silly high prices, usually as much as better top surface stag. She has two examples of it, the standard 5254 Trapper, 2nd knife down in the top left corner, and what I think is a 5232 Jack knife, the middle knife in the group of three knives in the bottom right corner. The ball point pen with a knife blade is unusual and the extra long banana Trapper in the top right corner is not the most common either.

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Post by treefarmer » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:57 pm

That's a great find! Congratulations, hope you can get them added to your collection. ::tu::
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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by KLJ77 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 pm

Very nice discovery. Your girlfriend has a great collection there. Do the right thing, and let her know exactly what she's got. She'll decide what she wants to do with them. Nevertheless, she just might love you enough to let you add them to your collection. Hope everything works out for the both of you. ::tu::
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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Ropeman » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:16 pm

Thanks for the comments all! I originally told her they were worth at least $25 to $50 each without any research. She said I could have them until I took more interest. Now she says she will hold onto them until she checks with mom to find out exactly where they came from.

After doing more research here I found that my $25 to $50 each was low for several examples.

MSJ, you are correct on the 5254, but the Jack knife is a 52032. I'm not sure yet what the 0 means. If what you are calling the "banana Trapper" is the long white knife on the right side, that one is a Colonial and I have been told it's called a melon or sausage tester. If you are referring to the second column top row, that is a IV207 with 5 dots on the tang stamp.

Thanks again!

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Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:22 pm

The "zero" in a Case pattern number usually means there is some deviation from the same pattern without the zero. Could be a slightly different shape or blade configuration, different bolsters, etc.
Here's a link to that info in the Research section I referenced in my previous post.
https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/co ... ng-system/

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Post by Doc B » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:38 pm

Great find and welcome to AAPK! ::welcome::
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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by XX Case XX » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:28 pm

This is the one that's got my attention. I'd like to know what year or era this knife was made.

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:21 am

The knife that I called a banana Trapper is in the 6251 in the upper left corner. Case keeps making them, on and off, to supply demand which is not great. They are too long to lay in the bottom of a front pants pocket and skinny or narrow for a belt pouch knife. Banana trapper is a common name for the general shape and size. Some who do not like the pattern call them toad stickers. During recent times banana trappers were also made by Queen and Camillus. They can be found branded Winchester, Remington and Kar-Bar. I like the Camillus made Remingtons with a pen secondary blade rather than a second long blade. The pattern is so long that the pen blade winds up being about the same size as a medium pocket knife's master blade.

I want to add a Case banana Trapper to my collection one of these years. Here's my plan. I jump in and marry her ahead of you then tie her to the railroad tracks and inherit her banana Trapper. ::ds:: ::paranoid::

Just because it is fun to play ID this knife I'm going to guess that the knife XX Case XX asked about is a 6392.

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Ropeman » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:14 pm

Thanks Doc B!

MSJ, After looking again I realized which one you were calling the banana trapper, because the other white handled knife is not a trapper style. It has 5 dots on the tang stamp and the pattern # IV207 SP SS. I have not been able to find one like it on the price guide.

The g/f is becoming frustrated with my "obsession" of her collection so I am not allowed to look at them anymore ::teary_eyes:: Maybe your plan will work to inherit that trapper!

XX Case XX, I don't have a closeup pic of that knife, but if memory serves me correct it is a 6392 and has 9 dots on the tang stamp. It has some pocket wear and patina on the blades so it's the only one to see any use of the bunch. I think that is my favorite as well!

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by XX Case XX » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:07 pm

Ropeman wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:14 pm
XX Case XX, I don't have a closeup pic of that knife, but if memory serves me correct it is a 6392 and has 9 dots on the tang stamp.
The handles appear to be well worn Stag. Are you sure it's not a 5392?

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by Ropeman » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:26 pm

XX Case XX wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:07 pm
The handles appear to be well worn Stag. Are you sure it's not a 5392?
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That is possible. I didn't have a picture for reference. I seem to have stirred up a hornets nest with my enthusiasm over this collection so I am going to let the dust settle and see what happens.

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Re: Case collection garage find

Post by XX Case XX » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:09 pm

Ropeman wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:26 pm
That is possible.
You said it had "9 Dots". Can you post a close-up picture of the tang stamp? That would be very helpful. ::nod::

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