Here is a gorgeous and rare "two blade celluloid congress" pocket knife from renowned German cutlery company Esser.
Esser was founded in Elberfeld, Germany and manufactured mainly for export. As the city lies slightly to the north of Solingen, Germany, beautiful Solingen steel became a mainstay in the production of Esser blades.
Since its founding in 1374, Solingen, Germany has been an active center for the production of high quality steel.
The handle of this pocket knife is made from gorgeous marbled celluloid in a vibrant shade of canary yellow.
Three brass pins on each side hold the celluloid to the handle while the bolster are made from nickel-silver. The liners are also made of gold-colored brass.
There is a small curved cartouche made of nickel-silver on one side of the handle. It remains blank and ready for a personal inscription.
As you can see, there is a sheepfoot blade and a pen blade, both made of stainless Solingen steel. They both show a bit of wear and some signs of previous sharpening, but remain in excellent condition overall.
The tang of the sheepfoot blade bears a hallmark reading "Fernando Esser & Cia., Solingen Germany" on one side and bears the company's logo on the other.
The logo consists of a horse rearing up on its hind legs over the letter "E". The tang of the pen blade exhibits a mark which says "Stainless".
Despite some very, very slight wear and oxidization, this rare vintage knife remains in good vintage condition overall, and would make a thoughtful and unique gift.
Measurements: Handle (w/ bolsters): 3" long, 3/8" wide, ¼" thick Sheepfoot blade: 2" long Pen blade: 1 ½" long Weight: 0.77 oz