Case Brothers Help

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 Brothers Help

Post by chorizotaco » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:11 pm

I'm trying to help a guy find out more about this little Case Brothers knife. Thank you.
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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by Mumbleypeg » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:35 pm

Can’t tell much from those pictures. Possibly a Case Brothers pattern 7206. What does your friend want to know about it?

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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by chorizotaco » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:10 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:35 pm
Can’t tell much from those pictures. Possibly a Case Brothers pattern 7206. What does your friend want to know about it?

Ken
Hi Ken, he wants to know age/value. I sent him a link to some history but he was wondering if the handles were shell.

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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by Mumbleypeg » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:32 pm

Case Brothers came into being around 1896-97. For the first few years they were jobbers, with most of their knives made for them by C. Platts & Sons. In 1900 they opened a factory and began making their own knives. The handles on the knife are probably genuine tortoiseshell, although I believe celluloid was around at the time the knife was made. Somewhere here there’s info about tests you can do to determine if it’s celluloid. Case Brothers went bankrupt in 1915, mostly the result of a 1912 fire which destroyed their factory. It’s my opinion that there were likely very few knives made between 1912-1915.

Sargent’s lists the 7206 at $400 if mint, FWIW. Hard to tell condition from the pictures but my guesstimate is maybe half that assuming it still has good walk and talk, handles aren’t cracked or broken, etc. If those or similar flaws are present the value goes down substantially. Of course if it’s better than that it goes up.

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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by chorizotaco » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:20 am

Thank you for the information.

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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by 1967redrider » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:43 pm

That's a great looking little H.O.K! Small knives usually don't get the sales prices larger knives get. How does he plan on selling it? If on eBay he could do an Ended Auction search on Case Bros. knives to see what they are selling for. Just a suggestion and thanks for posting. ::tu::
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Re: Case Brothers Help

Post by peanut740 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:55 pm

I've had a couple of Case Brothers with similar handles that were celluloid.Looks to be in pretty good condition, but not a high dollar pattern.
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