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
iron-front business building
(see samples), 101 and 103 Duane
Street, extending through to 10 and 12 Thomas Street, just west
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.
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
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
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
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.
Handbook of New York City by Moses King, 1893.