I never lost my love of Western knives. Platts emigrated from Sheffield, England. I had seen 48s with the Boy Scout stamp but never the smaller L48B. I picked up the top one, opened it and saw a Western 48A with red handles in mint condition. Platts knew the business and he certainly had experience in starting a cutlery factory, but he also recognized the need to establish a base of business if he was to be successful in starting all over again. As I unwrapped the last three, again I was stunned. Unfortunately, the numbering system was an internal protocol for employees and pattern numbers were not marked on the company's products until 1954.
I calmly put them all back as the man inquired which one I would like to buy. The Western Knife Company began operations in Boulder, Colorado in 1896. Here were three more Twin Sets, one stacked leather, one white handled and another red. Morrison's work has been commissioned by galleries and collectors throughout the United States and the C. I would rate the knife very good as it is a beauty with the smallest amount of patina and handling scuffs, to remind is that it probably 60+ years old! As a result, ownership of Western Knives was given to Outdoor Knife Specialist- Coleman. These all were brand new, never used or handled at all. Platts was descended from a long line of knife makers and, in turn, his descendants were to have a significant impact upon a number of U.
Two days later the phone rang and it was the fellow again, telling me to stop by. Charles Platts, still a respected cutlery leader, and his other sons reentered the picture when they moved from Northfield to Little Valley in 1893 and began work with Cattaraugus. Platts left Northfield in 1891 and moved west to Little Valley, in Cattaraugus County, New York. He did not seem to want to talk about it, so I took the knives and left. Morrison This is a beautiful rare edition depicting a cowboy and his horse at a watering hole the water looks incredibly real! The company was purchased by Coleman in the 80's, then Camillus Cutlery Company purchased Western from Coleman. Most of the old stock numbers can be deciphered by using the numbering key explained below.
The association with Coleman lasted until 1990, when an investor group in Wyoming purchased the knife factory and trademarks. Contact options include Toll Free 800 342-9118, 248 382-5285 or. The credit for introducing Bowie Knives at the most nominal prices goes to Western Knife Company. Clarence is famous for his sculptures of horses, wildife, and ranch scenes of the western United States. Clyncke photo Knife collectors are dreamers. World War I had begun and had brought shortages of material and labor. A few years later, he became superintendent of the factory belonging to the Northfield Knife Company in the nearby town from which the company took its name.
Platts dream was realized, however, with the opening of his new factory in 1920. I get this knife and hatchet out of the attic at my grandparents house about 7 years ago both are rusted pretty well but I was attempting to clean up the hatchet and I sanded it quite a bit and found it was made by Western in Boulder Colorado. Platts as organizers and major stockholders, was to emerge from this family and working relationship. Platts and Debbie Case were married and, within a couple of years, they had become parents of two sons, Harlow and Reginald. Practically every department of the Cattaraugus factory now had a Platts family member at work and the result would be nearly inevitable; they decided to start their own cutlery business.
Also working in the Cattaraugus office was Debbie Case, who lived with her brother, Russ, and their father, W. It was time to give the knives closer inspection. No pitting, broken or loose parts, no missing pieces or other damage. Thanks Bill Click to expand. There is some patina, mostly on the back of the blade. .
Ever expanding to new territories, his sales trips took him father west through several states and into the midwestern plains states. The steel is great, and both knife and hatchet will get razor sharp. In 1911, he sold his interest in the company to Russ Case and moved his family to Boulder, Colorado. Morrison trophies and medals awarded by the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association are among the most coveted in equine competition. In 1900, when Charles Platts died, it was H.
Their hatchets were typically on the light side, being made from flat steel, but I believe the steel was just as good as the knives. Bill, I currently have the same project in the works, although I can't seem to locate the knife portion. There are normally a few listed if you give them a look. Dad was good friends with the Harvey Platts family, and I got to know a number of the workers at the plant. A few days later I got anxious and phoned him. Western Knife, known as a prominent manufacturer of hunting knives, started operations in 1896. This was without a doubt the finest group of knives I had seen since Western closed its doors.
Anyhow, I have the hatchet that was part of the Western kit, but Grandpa must have changed it up to a Puma Skinner knife. I was stunned to say the least. In the early 1940s, H. Now, Western Knives and Camillus Cutlery are now owned and operated by the Acme-United group. Need an affordable and effective way to buy and sell knives online? Through name changes--to Western States Cutlery Co. The company was purchased by the famous manufacturer of outdoor equipment in 1984.