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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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.