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Hermann Boker & Co. - New York, N.Y.


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Hermann Boker & Co., wholesale dealers in cutlery, hardware, guns and metals, conduct a business started in 1837 by Hermann Boker, a lineal descendant of an old family of merchants, the Bokers, of Remscheid, in Prussia.

The first quarters were in John Street, whence they were removed to 50 Cliff Street, where the firm remained over twenty years, and then, in 1872, built and moved into their own large iron-front business building (see samples), 101 and 103 Duane Street, extending through to 10 and 12 Thomas Street, just west of Broadway.

The style of the firm was Hermann Boker from 1837 until 1857, ever since which time it has been Hermann Boker & Co.  By the retirement and death of the older partners, the firm now consists of Ferdinand A. Boker, Carl F. Boker and Albert H. Funke.

Both the former are sons of the late Hermann Boker, founder of the business, and the latter is the son of Hermann Funke, and brother of Hermann Funke, Jr., two former partners, who died in 1890. Ferdinand A. Boker has been connected with the firm over thirty years, and resides now in Europe, looking after the European interests.

Carl F. Boker and Albert H. Funke entered the firm in 1891, the former adding his business in steel and metals, which he then conducted in John Street under his own name.

The business is one of the largest in its line in the United States.  It consists of German and English hardware and cutlery, particularly of the celebrated "Tree Brand," made in Solingen.

The firm represents some of the oldest and best-known German and English manufacturers in these lines and in steel and metals, including the widely celebrated Sheffield firm of Jonas & Colver, Limited.  They do a vast export business in copper, and are the European agents of the great Calumet & Hecla Mining Company.

They have always done an extensive business in Belgian and English sporting guns, and have a representative in Liege, looking after various interests in Europe.  As a matter of fact, it would be the exception not to find at the Boker establishment every desirable article usually sought for in wholesale hardware, cutlery and sporting-gun houses, the completeness of the stock being one of the essential elements of the success of the business.

Everything considered, there is no more highly esteemed business firm in New York than the old house of Hermann Boker & Co.

from King's Handbook of New York City by Moses King, 1893.

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