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Picked this up today. 5.5 inch blade. Etching covers one side. It shows two people sitting around a campfire in front of a tent on the shore. Their boat and others in the background. Note Tree Brand on the side of the tent. On other side: Tree and "H. Boker & Co. Germany." Stag grips. Leather sheath. I was wondering if anyone had seen this same knife and knows a possible date?

Boker has some well documented dating codes.  If you click here and go about 1/2 way down the page, I think you will be intrigued

Hi Robin,

 The fact that it has Germany stamped on the tang makes it post 1891 (Steel tariff). So, its age is somewhere between 1891 - 1944 per Mark Zalesky's Boker article in Knife World. The camping scene was originally painted with enamel paint. Attached is one that I have with most of the paint still intact. Hope this helps to answer your questions & nice knife!

Very interesting to see what the knife originally looked like. The "Chromium Stainless Finish" is pretty much all gone from mine.

Jan Carter said:

"Boker has some well documented dating codes.  If you click here and go about 1/2 way down the page, I think you will be intrigued"

Thanks. I also see this: https://www.boker.de/pdf/knifeworld.pdf

However, I never see any mention of the way my knife's tang is stamped with the Tree and then "H. Broker and Co. Germany"...with no "Solingen" stamp. I do assume the knife is pre-war. But how far pre-war?

Any idea what the original sheath looked like?

I am New to site, just received a family knife like yours and thought the sheath might be original.


Doug Isler said:



Doug Isler said:

I am New to site, just received a family knife like yours and thought the sheath might be original.


Doug Isler said:

Doug,

I think you may be correct and that is the original sheath

I will have to politely disagree; that is not the original sheath for that knife. I THINK I have an original one & will post a picture when I get a chance. Thanks for posting. Nice knife!

W

Roger,

Could you please explain what is it about the markings that makes you think its pre-1944? I see no marks on the Boker page of markings that exactly correspond. Mine reads: "H BOKER & CO GERMANY...no mention of Solingen. On the other side of the blade it says: CHROMIUM STAINLESS FINISH. I don't see these specific markings on that Boker markings page.

Thanks.

Rob
Roger Russell said:

Hi Robin,

 The fact that it has Germany stamped on the tang makes it post 1891 (Steel tariff). So, its age is somewhere between 1891 - 1944 per Mark Zalesky's Boker article in Knife World. The camping scene was originally painted with enamel paint. Attached is one that I have with most of the paint still intact. Hope this helps to answer your questions & nice knife!

Hey Rob,

  I based the age of your knife by its tang stamp using Mark Zalesky's 2009 Boker article in Knife World & Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings 4th Edition as references. Even though your knife does not have Solingen on the tang, it does say H. Boker & Co. Germany. I realize that particular tang stamp does not match exactly to any of the ones shown in the following attachments, but the closest stamps that do match are H. Boker & Co Solingen and H. Boker & Co. Solingen Germany.  With the exception of Heinr. Boker (Circa 1932 - 1950) stamped knives and reproductions, Boker stopped using an H. in front of Boker on tang stamps aproximately during the mid 1940's. They next used Boker Solingen, Germany Alemania (Circa 1950) stampings and eventually dropped Alemania (Circa 1960). 

  As you probably already know, there is no definitive history on Boker due to their plants being destroyed during the war. I personally think that Mark's Knife World article and Goins book are about as close as you can get when trying to date old Boker knives.

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