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This is a 1958-1960 Queen I bought from my enabler, (ahem) I mean my oldest brother that he found in an antique shop in Arkansas about 8 years ago. The knife is 8' overall with a 4" blade. It is, I believe winterbottom bone, and in unused condition. I bought it for $50. What I do not know is the pattern number, or just for general idea, the approximate value. What I found unusual was the large difference in color in the handles- The front is a deep chocolate color with a much lighter scale on the obverse .I have not been able to find a picture of the pattern in any of my guides or web crawling !! Any insight greatly appreeciated !!
That is a sweet old Queen and I would guess worth every bit of $50. I wish I could help you with the info but I can't. Good luck.
Well I am going with the light hunter series, the bear head Deer hunter. From what I can find The blade is mirror polished 420 H.C. stainless steel, they take and hold a great edge. Blade is 4" and 8" over all. Carved Stag Bone Scale. This was one of the last of the hunters marked Queen Steel. After this program, all Queen hunters were made in D-2 steel.
Thats what i see when I research it anyway LOL
Jan, you are close I think, but maybe no cigar, so to speak.Do you have a link to where you found the info?? Every image I can find of the bear head Deer hunter shows a more pronounced top of blade drop- Closest overall look and blade configuration is a Model #90 Queen, but the OA length is wrong . Listed as 8-3/8 " overall and mine is stretching a point to hit 8"--probably closer to7-7/8 "- Blade is dead on at 4 inches
This gentleman's knife is a Queen model #75 with genuine Winterbottom bone handles made in the 1950s. If you have Sargent’s book it is illustrated on page 496. Value in mint condition - $70 - $85.
The color difference may be due to one side being stored where it was exposed to the sun for an extended time. I have seen this happen on Queen knives that were taken from a display board that was exposed to the sun in a store setting.
David, Thank you so much!!!!!
Well, we all had good thoughts, I appreciate the help
David, thank you so very much for your reply !! There is so much confusion about older Queens, I am glad to have the info from the Queen historian. Even after reading this, I searched the web for Queen model #75 and found several examples all of which were incorrectly identified. Did not find one example showing the correct knife !! Unfortunately I have an old edition of Sargent's guide (1999 edition} but then I am an old edition,too !! LOL-May have to break down and buy a newer copy !! Thank you again for your reply and expertise !!
That is a beautiful fixed blade Queen
Typo in my earlier post. The knife is #73 not #75. Please see attached Page 496.
David thank you yet again !! I had thought it might have been a #73 when I first asked the question-My old copy of Sargent's did not show photos of all the variations like the newer editions do-- Thanks for clearing this up for me!! It has bugged me for years !!