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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
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?