Case XX Pocket Knife Set Lot 1979 Vintage Custom Dealer
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Case XX Pocket Knife Set Lot 1979 Vintage Custom Dealer Picture and Description:
This is a complete set, all seven knives have matching serial numbers. The Smooth Rose knife is PILOT RUN 1 of 1500. These knifes have never been used. The case was property of a hardware store that went out of business in the early 1980s and this was put up for auction at that time (and purchased by my father, who stored the knives as is). The blunt edges of some of the blades have small rust spots that can probably be easily wiped/buffed away, but I am not going to attempt to clean them up as I do not want to devalue any part of this interesting and complete collection. Springs are all tight and all blades open and snap back into place as they should. A letter to the dealer is included. I have transcribed it below and also included a photograph of the letter. Collector’s Case XX: Top and sides are hardwood. Bottom is a less-expensive pressed wood. Brown felt on each corner of the bottom. Swinging clasp on the font, which has worn at the wood a bit (see photos). Inside foam (in good shape. Springy and not disintegrating) is covered with royal blue material. The lining material is in good shape except where it has become discolored from the knives and two small tear on the material in the center of the left-hand side (see photos). Seven Knives included: 1. #PSR 25 1/2 “Smooth Rose” (Smooth bone handle. Blade says PILOT RUN 1 of 1500. Serial Number 1383.) 2. #6250 “Bradford Bonanza” (Wood handle. The same pattern as the #6250 “Elephant Toe Nail” with a special oil scene etching on the blade depicting the oil boom that hit Bradford in the late 1800’s.) 3. #6344 ShSp (Red bone handle. This was a discontinued pattern at the time this set was compiled. Serial Number 1383.) 4. #63027 (Bone handle. Serial Number 1383) 5. #06247PEN (Bone handle. Serial Number 1383) 6. #6165SAB (Wood handle. Serial Number 1383) 7. #2138 (Black handle. Blade says Sod Buster, Serial Number 1383) Along with the case and knives is the original Sales Memo (see photos) on Letterhead for Evan J. Leonard Inc. Independent Contractor for W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Co., Bradford, Penna.: November 1, 1979 Memo from: Evan J. (Jake) Leonard To: Case Cutlery Dealers Subject: One Dot Starter Sets Case Cutlery will release as a limited edition a special “One Dot Start Set” designed to help collectors get a head start on collecting the Case one dot issue knives. The set will consist of seven patterns of pocket knives in a hardwood collector’s case. Originally, there were to have been ten patterns in the set but this has been changed due to availability. Only 1,500 sets will be produced. Each knife will have its own serial number with like numbers in each set. Two of the knives in this set will be modified patters, never before produced: a #PSR 25 1/2 “Smooth Rose” and a #6250 “Bradford Bonanza”. Only 1,500 of each of these two knives will be produced with current blade stamping. We will produce these two patterns again in the 1980’s but those, of course, will have the new blade stamping logo. The #PSR 25 1/2 “Smooth Rose” is the same basic pattern as the #6225 1/2 with a deep red colored, smooth bone handle. The PSR in the pattern number stands for Proto-type Smooth Rose. The blade is etched “Pilot Run, one of 1,500”. The #6250 “Bradford Bonanza” is the same pattern as the #6250 “Elephant Toe Nail” with a special oil scene etching on the blade depicting the oil boom that hit Bradford in the late 1800’s. Also included in the One Dot Starter Set will be the #6344 ShSp which is a discontinued pattern. We have at this moment only about 750 outside of those in the sets which means that in all probability those in the sets will be the last of the #6344 ShSp’s. Order Form Attached. Please Return to: Evan J. Leonard Inc. 6341 Waldon Road Clarkston, MI. 48016 If you have any additional questions about condition that are not answered by the photos and description, please get in touch before bidding and I will gladly send additional photos or answer questions to the best of my ability. I am a musician and a professor, not a professional antiques dealer. I research and describe items as correctly as I can, but because I am selling antiques and vintage items, they may have wear and aging which I have missed. It is my aim to fully disclose the condition and history of my offered items. All items that I post on eBay have been the property of my family for many years. We are a non-smoking household and have stored items with care. I will gladly combine shipping costs if you purchase multiple items. Please see my other items for sale. If you do win an item and do/plan to bid on additional items of mine, please let me know and I will hold your invoice.