Old Case shields

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Old Case shields

Post by msteele6 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:19 pm

I thought it would be interesting to show all of the different Case shield styles that have been used since the W.R. Case era. This is all of the different styles that include the "CASE" name on the shield (at least the ones I am aware of). I also believe that all of these shields had the raised Case logo. Oddly, even though the raised letters have an air of more solidity and permanency than the incised ones, they actually seem to be rather fragile and wear pretty quickly. The diamond shield that I have shown is incised rather than raised, however, there were some raised letter diamond shields. If anyone has any other styles it would be interesting to see them. From top to bottom bomb, diamond, arrowhead, bowtie (gimp) and oval (raised letter):
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Post by herbva » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:11 pm

Beautiful collection! You've got me beat, I don't have one with the diamond shield, but certainly wish that I did! I have also noticed that the raised letter shields seem to be more worn down. I think its simply because the letters stick out and get more direct "pocket friction". Thanks for sharing. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:41 pm

Very nice collection, and an interesting angle on collecting. ::tu::

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by olderdogs1 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:05 pm

Nice bunch of knives!! ::tu::

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by msteele6 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:34 pm

Thanks for the kind comments, I'm hoping that someone will come up with one that I haven't seen and if anyone has one it will probably be someone on AAPK. :)

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by XX Case XX » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:06 am

I can't even get close to that. You have way better Case than I do. Very nice. ::nod::

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by ScoutKnives » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:26 am

How about this one ::shrug::
Pre 1920 case’s Bradford Pa stamp .
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Re: Old Case shields

Post by RalphAlsip » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:06 am

I put this post in the”Got Shields” thread a while back. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12268&start=105#p582923

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by rea1eye » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:12 am

According to knifedb.com, there are over 20 Case shield types. That does not
include all the subtypes in each category.

That is a lot of shields!

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by 1967redrider » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:43 am

Did this CASE BRADFORD, PA. gimp shield ever have anything on it?
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Re: Old Case shields

Post by RalphAlsip » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:30 am

Case used a plain/blank bow-tie shield like on your Bradford knife, so my opinion is that the shield was made the way it appears (i.e., not worn smooth). It is a bit unusual, in my experience, to see a plain shield on a Bradford era knife. It seems like the plain shields were used on pre-1914 (W.R. Case, Case Bros) knives.

Is that a 94 pattern at 4 1/4" closed?

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by 1967redrider » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:46 pm

RalphAlsip wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:30 am
Case used a plain/blank bow-tie shield like on your Bradford knife, so my opinion is that the shield was made the way it appears (i.e., not worn smooth). It is a bit unusual, in my experience, to see a plain shield on a Bradford era knife. It seems like the plain shields were used on pre-1914 (W.R. Case, Case Bros) knives.

Is that a 94 pattern at 4 1/4" closed?
Yes, Sir (6294). There are more pictures I have posted of it elsewhere on the Case forums.

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=36151&p=350860&hil ... 94#p350860

It has been heavily cleaned and there is a hairline crack on the mark side greenbone, but I (still) love this old knife.
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Re: Old Case shields

Post by Old Folder » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:12 pm

Here is my "Case Tested XX Long Tail", manufactured circa: 1920-1940.
The shield is known as "Tested Block Letter". It may not be rare, however it is not common.
You will find it very difficult to find any description in any Case books pertaining to "Tested Block Letter Shield", however, our long time member "Steve Pfeiffer" aapk handle (knifeaholic) and author of "Case Knives I.D. and price guide" states on page 25 of his book:
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I have had the below pictured "Tested Block Letter" Tested XX knife for many years now but I forgot exactly when of where I obtained it.
Look throughout your Case Tested Era knives, perhaps you will also find this little hidden jewel.
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Re: Old Case shields

Post by RalphAlsip » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:09 am

1967redrider wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:46 pm
RalphAlsip wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:30 am
Is that a 94 pattern at 4 1/4" closed?
Yes, Sir (6294). There are more pictures I have posted of it elsewhere on the Case forums.

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=36151&p=350860&hil ... 94#p350860

It has been heavily cleaned and there is a hairline crack on the mark side greenbone, but I (still) love this old knife.
The 94 is a great pattern. ::tu:: The shield you asked about was commonly used on the 94 patterns marked Case Bros and W.R. Case. Even though I remarked on it being an unusual shield to see on a Bradford knife, I wasn't meaning to imply anything is wrong with the knife.

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Re: Old Case shields

Post by 1967redrider » Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:27 am

RalphAlsip wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:09 am
1967redrider wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:46 pm
RalphAlsip wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:30 am
Is that a 94 pattern at 4 1/4" closed?
Yes, Sir (6294). There are more pictures I have posted of it elsewhere on the Case forums.

viewtopic.php?f=66&t=36151&p=350860&hil ... 94#p350860

It has been heavily cleaned and there is a hairline crack on the mark side greenbone, but I (still) love this old knife.
The 94 is a great pattern. ::tu:: The shield you asked about was commonly used on the 94 patterns marked Case Bros and W.R. Case. Even though I remarked on it being an unusual shield to see on a Bradford knife, I wasn't meaning to imply anything is wrong with the knife.
Comments and facts are always welcomed, even if they aren't of the "good news" variety. ::handshake::
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