Early marbles ideal?

Webster Marble formed Gladstone Mfg. Co. in 1892. That company created the first folding Axe in 1893 which lead to the incorporation of Marble's Safety Axe Co. in 1898. The company became Marble Arms & Mfg. Co. in 1911 & enjoyed years of success until succumbing to a shut down of production in 1974. The brand was brought back to life in 1994 & enjoyed a grand rejuvenation that later gave way to another shutdown in 2009. Many great knives & tools were crafted over the company's storied history.
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Early marbles ideal?

Post by Leo7504 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:03 am

I got this knife 3 years ago at an auction in a box with a bunch of odds and ends and one of those Mexican tourist knives with a birds head handle. The auctioneer actually held it up and described this Marbles Ideal as a “kids shop class experiment that went haywire”. I guess he had never seen a stag pommel before. I knew it was an early ideal, but wasn’t sure how early. I never bought one before because I thought they were too pricey on ebay.. Anyhow my research indicates that it could be a 1911-1918 half hilt stag pommel ideal. Anyone have better info? 5 in blade with 1/2 in nut. Don’t know if the sheath is original or not.
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Post by kennedy knives » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:59 pm

Looks like it is a Marbles Ideal Hunting Knife # 41 made after 1918 from what I see it was made for 2 years 1918 & 1919 with the handle of leather & Staghorn pommel the sheath looks correct also . I'm no Marble expert so there may be someone with better info . This info came from Book by Webster L. Marble Products

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Post by 1967redrider » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:05 pm

Great looking knife and sheath! Wish I would have seen this before leaving the house, might be able to provide more information later. ::tu:: ::tu::
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Post by Leo7504 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:28 pm

I also have that book (orange cover) Volume 2 and on page 15 a and 15 b knife no 41 was made from 1912-1919 with the MSA stamp used until 1918 and then the three line Marbles Stamp was used after that which would make this a possible late 1918 or 1919 model so you are dead on according to the catalogs, Arnies book did not narrow it as much as what the info in the catalog seems to. Red rider if you have any additional info you can share that would be great. I have a stag on stag model from the 50s and just recently got a 1930s stag handle woodcraft, but this is the gem of my collection. Thanks for the info Kennedy knives, the products catalog is a great resource, I’m learning how to use it.

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Post by btrwtr » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:07 pm

Beautiful looking knife! All the right look!
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Re: Early marbles ideal?

Post by Leo7504 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:52 am

I’ve seen some of your collection posted elsewhere on this site and so for you to say that about this knife Wayne is high praise indeed. Here is my more modest collection.
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Post by 1967redrider » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:28 pm

You have found someone me great ones! ::tu:: ::tu:: That stag on stag Woodcraft is pretty sweet, I need to find one of those.
Pocket, fixed, machete, axe, it's all good!

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Post by btrwtr » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:44 pm

You have selected some really fine looking examples there. Thanks for sharing them.
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