John P. Lovell Pocket Knife

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  1. eebsub

    eebsub New Member

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    Hi,


    I have an antique advertising pocket knife as described:

    2 blade and cork screw, with yellow handles that appear to be celluloid or ivory. I would vote on the celluliod, but who knows. On one side the handle has the following "John P. Lovell Boston Arms Co. American Bull Dog."

    The opposite side has a hunting scene with a man, dog, and deer.

    I have had this knife for some time along with otheers that I have researched to be American Colonial period, and etc.

    I could use your help.

    Thanks in advance,
    Julius
  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Active Member

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    Can't say who made it without pictures. Can say it wasn't Lovell.
    What does it say on the tang of the blade? Celluloid smells like camphor when rubbed. Ivory doesn't.
    From the advertising logo, it sounds like it was made between the World Wars.
  3. eebsub

    eebsub New Member

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    Sorry about the tang. It is marked on the mail blade, "LOVELL KNIfe"

    Thanks for your response. I will try to get pictures out ASAP.
    Julius
  4. eebsub

    eebsub New Member

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    Sorry, here is more info.

    The handles are installed with iron rivets.

    Thanks,
    Julius
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    P1010005.JPG

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    Here is the photos, hope it helps.

    Julius
  6. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Active Member

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    The knife is possibly a little older than I thought.
    There is information on Lovell's company here: http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/showthread.php?t=64752
    As far as who made the knife for them, I would ask on Bernard Levine's forum on Bladeforums.com
    My guess is The knife is German, but it could also be American, or even English.
  7. eebsub

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    Thanks for all your help, and your quick responces. I will do as you instructed.

    Many thanks,
    Julius
  8. eebsub

    eebsub New Member

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    Hi Bill,

    I followed your instructions and attempted to register on that Blade Forum. However I ran into a snag. They won't allow anyone with a "verizon.net' URL.

    Thanks for trying,
    Julius
  9. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    J.P. Lovell Arms Co. during this time 1888 to 1899 made nothing but were sellers of other people's goods that they called their own. a good example is the champion single barrel shotgun made by iver johnson.

    i will try to attach a picture from an 1890 J.P. Lovell Arms co. catalog showing this knife pocket knife.jpg e
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  10. eebsub

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    Hi Mr. Goforth,

    Do you have any idea of it's value?

    Thanks for all your effort,
    Julius
  11. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    i have no idea as to the worth of a pocket knife that is over 100 years old. surely it has some value but how much i just don't know.

    my interest is in the fact it has J.P. Lovell's name on it and they were associated with iver johnson's arms & cycle works.

    bill
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