Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

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Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

Post by SuperQ123 » Thu May 19, 2022 3:19 am

What would be the value of a Case Bros & co Gowanda NY Knife in nice condition? I think these were one of the first case knives. The tang stamp is listed as 1896 in the case tang stamp series. Please advise.

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Post by QTCut5 » Thu May 19, 2022 3:46 am

Value of a knife depends on much more than just the tang stamp such as overall condition, blade wear & snap, etc. More information is needed as well as some clear photos showing all aspects (top, bottom, inside, outside, open blade(s), closed blade(s), etc.) before any kind of value can be assessed.
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Re: Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

Post by deo-pa » Thu May 19, 2022 11:51 am

Emphatic ditto on QT’s comment. Be aware that there are modern knives (1990s) with the Gowanda stamp. Use the Search function under Quick Links to search for “Gowanda” and prepare to be educated.

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Re: Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

Post by SuperQ123 » Thu May 19, 2022 2:19 pm

Here is the knife with the main blade open.
Here is the knife with the main blade open.
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As you can see it is not a remake.
As you can see it is not a remake.

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Re: Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

Post by btrwtr » Thu May 19, 2022 3:16 pm

From what I can see I would say the stamp on your knife is not an authentic Case Gowanda stamping. The letters appear to be individually and some double stamped. The spacing of the Gowanda NY appears too broad and letters are not uniform linearly. Is the second blade also stamped? The blade pivot pin looks to be steel rather than NSL which would be correct for the knife.
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Thu May 19, 2022 3:34 pm

I’m also skeptical of the stamp, for the reasons Wayne stated.

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Re: Case Bros & co. Gowanda NY Knife

Post by 1967redrider » Thu May 19, 2022 5:54 pm

Me three. ::nod::


Here's a link to a modern Gowanda knife that I have-
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27413&p=248375&hili ... da#p248375
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