Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vintage Imperial Pocket Knife Tool Kit

Vintage Imperial Pocket Knives on Ebay

Vintage Imperial Pocket Knife Tool Kit. Found an old Imperial Pocket Knife in a box lot of tools from an auction about two weeks ago.  It was part of a kit of with some small odd vintage tools. When opened, the knife measures around six inches with a single two and eighth inch sheep foot blade.

Even before I saw the stamp on the blade I knew this tool had some age on it. The advertisement on the side of the knife reads

Delite Chair Co.
Telephone 1099
Lockport, Illinois

Yeah, four digit phone numbers are kind of a big clue.  The maker's mark was Imperial Prov USA with a crown over the lower case "i" in Imperial. The company used this mark from 1946 to 1956. The "Prov" in the logo is for Providence, Rhode Island where the manufacturer was based.

I am not sure what the tool kit was meant for.  It has a combination of files with screwdriver, hook ends and points. If anyone knows send me a note in the comments below.

Vintage Imperial Pocket Knives on Ebay


  1. Hi, F.Y.I. You Have A Rather Rare, Salesmen s Sample Case.
    These would be Shown to the Business Owner To Show the
    Different Types of Blades He Could Order With his Company
    Name Printed on it. These Are Very Hard to Find, & I would
    Value this at $50-$80. Nice Find !

  2. my Dad had one of these when he was a kid in the 50s. id love to get him one. if your interested in selling boggleboes at hotmail dot com

  3. I really like this blog. I also like all the knives.
    OTF Blades

  4. Want to know what a knife like that but just 1 blade would be worth.


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