Complete Set of SIX Letter Openers. Each with a different brand of Du Pont explosives. The top opener is marked Schwaab Milwaukee produced by the the Schwaab Stamp and Seal Company, circa 1900 before the governments breakup of Du Pont.The front side shows a keg of blasting powder marked Du Pont, a dynamite cartridge and a case of powder marked Du Pont. The reverse has Du Pont in large letters.
The blade says Du Pont Explosives on both sides. The remaining openers are all marked S. Childs & Co, Chicago and are circa 1915.The front design is the same for all five, and is very similar to the earlier Schwaab design, consisting of a powder keg, a dynamite cartridge and a case of powder. The Du Pont name is missing from the keg, the case is smaller, and now says POWDER CARTRIDGES instead of Du Pont. The reverse now says DU PONT EXPLOSIVES. The later openers each have the name of a powder brand on both sides of the blade. All of the letter openers show the wear of over a century of use.
The Hercules opener has several square dents on both sides of the handle - looks like it was tapped against something with a square point. I spent about 20 years assembling this set - often with several years between seeing one. I'm moving to a smaller place and trimming my collection.Framed against a black background, this would make a great addition to an explosives or advertising collection. The item "SIX DU PONT EXPLOSIVES LETTER OPENERS ATLAS FORCITE GIANT HERCULES REPAUNO" is in sale since Friday, October 29, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Mining". The seller is "stoperat" and is located in Renton, Washington.
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