Dating Queen knives relates directly to the company’s history. Originally established in 1895 as the Schatt and Morgan Cutlery Company, the factory fell prey to the hardships of the Great Depression and closed its doors in the early 1930’s after nearly 40 years of operation.
Five former employees, who in 1922 had established a competing company known as the Queen City Cutlery, purchased the possessions of the bankrupted Schaat and Morgan Company, including all machinery and equipment.
In 1969, Queen City Cutlery was purchased by Servotronics Corporation who remains the parent company of Queen Cutlery and its sister company, the Ontario knife company. To this day, Queen knives are produced using old Schaat
and Morgan tools, machines and processes.
Of the three distinct periods in the company’s history, Queen knives dating back the Schaat and Morgan period fetch the highest value of all collectible pocket knives from all makers.
The value of old knives can be astonishingly high. It’s important to properly date your old Queen knives to determine their accurate value. Though online blogs and knife stores may post snippets of information on how to date Queen knives, you will do better to research the value thoroughly.
The best book to use as a reference for valuing and dating Queen knives is American Premium Guide To Pocket knives & Razors 7th Ed by Jim Sargent. You’ll find full descriptions of the insignia and markings that will help identify the age and value of your queen knife, as well as a guide pertaining to the condition of the knife.
To sell your antique Queen knives online, visit the Knife Auction. You can also write the C. Risner Cutlery Company run by a long time antique Queen knife collector, Clarence Risner.
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