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Username Post: Foster Bros. cutlery        (Topic#757860)
robbie1
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01-01-06 06:56.15 - Post#829866    



My son was given an old meat cleaver and butcher knive that are imprinted "Foster Bros." Does anyone know the history or origin of Foster Bros. such as where and when they made cutlery? Any help or links would be appreciated. I searched this forum and google, but didn't turn up anything.
 


beenpickin
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01-01-06 08:49.10 - Post#829907    


    In response to robbie1

Based on what I've read I believe they were aquired in 1883 by Chatillon (scales) and stopped production in the 1950s. They were manufactured in Fulton NY and marketed to the meat packing industry. This information was gleaned from Bernard Levine's observations on BladeForums.com
 
Dave_Martell
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01-01-06 09:16.07 - Post#829930    


    In response to robbie1

Hi Robbie,

Quoting from "Levine's Guide To Knives And Their Values - 4th Edition" by Bernard Levine...

  • Quote:
Foster Bros.
In 1883 John Chatillon & Sons Co. of New York City, a half-century old maker of scales, acquired the Foster Brothers Cutlery Co. of Fulton, New York, founded in 1878 by Frank and Allie Foster. Chatillon expanded the Foster Bros. line to over 500 items. During World War II Foster made 250,000 cleavers for the military, plus thousands of bolos and other knives. Chatillon closed Foster Bros. in the 1950's, and sold the name to the Columbia Cutlery Co.



Quoting "Goins' Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings" by John & Charlotte Goins...

  • Quote:
Foster Bros. & Chatillon Co.
c. 1835 - present
John Chatillon Company made scales when it was founded in 1835. Eventually, they began making butcher knives, cleavers, and steels. In 1885, they became sole agents agents for the Foster Brothers line butchers' tools.

In 1896, the firm purchased the Phoenix Knife Company of Phoenix, New York. They then merged it with the Foster Brothers & Chatillon Company. This added hundreds of patterns of of jack and pen knives to their line.

They continued dealing in pocket cutlery as late as 1937. The firm is still in business, dealing in butchers supplies.



If you want to know more specific information, such as the possible date of production, then you would want to scroll down the forum list and re-post in Bernard Levine's Identification forum.

*Note - Mr. Levine can likely (only) help you if you have some good images of the whole knife/cleaver as well as of any identification marks. He will not value a knife unless you request him to do so through his website. He gets paid for this service.

*Another note - If you're at all interested in their value, be it monetary or historical, then please refrain from cleaning or sharpening this knife until it's been appropriately identified.


Good luck with your hunt...


--Dave--


 
Dave_Martell
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01-01-06 09:29.16 - Post#829939    


    In response to beenpickin

  • beenpickin Said:
Based on what I've read I believe they were aquired in 1883 by Chatillon (scales) and stopped production in the 1950s. They were manufactured in Fulton NY and marketed to the meat packing industry. This information was gleaned from Bernard Levine's observations on BladeForums.com



I did a search on BF to see what I could find. Here's a list of threads that showed up in this search....

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t...

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t...

http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t...


--Dave--




 


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