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WORLD WAR ONE “US” MARKED LINEMAN’S PLIERS – NICE SIGNAL CORPS & TRENCH WARFARE PIECE:  Manufactured by the Hermann Boker Company of New York, this set of World War One era Lineman’s Pliers is marked “US” and would have been standard issue for the Signal Corps troops laying the communication telephone lines in the trenches during the war. 

The Bokers, a German family skilled in tool and weapon manufacture as far back as late 16th century, originated in the Solingen area of Germany.   In 1829, brothers Heinrich and Robert Boker established their business in Remscheid and begun production of sabers. The enterprise expended rapidly and Boker brothers began manufacturing small tools and hardware.  In 1837, Hermann Boker, the third brother, emigrated to New York and founded the H. Boker & Co., one of the oldest names in the American cutlery industry.  During the Civil War, Boker manufactured various patterns of swords and sabres under contract with the federal government.

According to what company history I have been able to locate, by the 1920’s the company maker’s stamp styled “H. BOKER” in block letters had been discontinued and replaced by “BOKER” in a script font.  The stamping style on this set of pliers predates the change, and indicates this set was made during World War One.  Pictured below is a commercial set of these same pliers without the "US" stamp on the hinge pin.   

This set is in very good condition, in full form with no damage or signs of heavy wear featuring an even naturally aged patina with very little minor pitting.  The maker’s mark and “US” are legible.  The pliers open and close easily without being loose or showing excessive wear on the hinge pin. 

These World War One tools are not common and these pliers will display well with your trench warfare collection or with a grouping of early Signal Corps material.  (0416)  $65 



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