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Korn Time Line

Time line of George W. Korn’s accomplishments and travels.

1846, May 22nd         Birth: Breslau, Prussia, Germany (City is now called Wroclaw, Poland)

1866, Feb. 20th          Emigrated to US  (19 years old).

1870, July 6th             Farm Laborer, Henrietta, Monroe County New York. (Age 25, US Census 1870).

1879, Nov. 10th          Achieves US Citizenship.

1879, Nov. 11th          Applies for US Passport.

1880, Jan. 28th           Returns to New York from Prussia, ship: Parthia.

1881,   ?                        Awarded German patent for button hole scissors.

1881, Oct 4th              Awarded US patent 247,766 for button hole scissors.

1881 Patent for Button Hole Scissors

1881 Patent for Button Hole Scissors

 

1883, March 13th      Awarded US patent 273,858 for first “Fly-Opener” pocket knife.

Korn's 1883 Patent

Korn’s 1883 Patent

 

1883, Feb. 8th            Awarded German patent 21125 for “Korkenzieher” cork puller.

1883, Aug 28th          Awarded US patent 283,900 for Cork Turner.

Korn US Cork Turner 1883

Korn US Cork Turner 1883

Marked Henry Sears & Son

Knife courtesy of Myron Tupa, marked Henry Sears & Son

 

1884, April 1st         Awarded US patent 14,929 for figural knife handle design, shaped like water pitcher.

korn 1884 figural water pitcher handel

Korn 1884 figural water pitcher knife handle

Photo courtesy of Donald Bull, bullworks.net.

Photo courtesy of bullworks.net.

Photo courtesy of Donald Bull, bullworks.net.

Photo courtesy of bullworks.net.

Photo courtesy of Donald Bull, bullworks.net. Please note: the pen blade is marked Cattaraugus.

Photo courtesy of Donald Bull, bullworks.net. Please note: the pen blade is marked Cattaraugus.

 

1884, April 1st         Awarded US patent 14,930 for figural knife handle design, shaped like Champagne bottle with foil cutter.

Figural knife handle shaped like Champagne bottle

Korn figural knife handle shaped like Champagne bottle with foil cutter.

Same knife with foil cutter facing left and right. Notice the detail of the wires on the cork.

Same knife with foil cutter facing left and right. Notice the detail of the wires on the cork. Foil cutter is marked “Korns Patent”

Press the foil cutter down to pop open the cork screw.

Press the spring loaded foil cutter down to pop open the cork screw.

Champagne bottle open

Champagne shaped knife with blades open, marked Henry Sears & Son 1865

Bottle shaped knife with no foil cutter

Bottle shaped knife with no foil cutter, marked Henry Sears & Son 1865 Prussia

Bottle shaped knife with blades open. Marked Henry Sears and Sons, Prussia.

Bottle shaped knife with blades open. Marked Henry Sears & Son 1865 Prussia.

 

 

 

1884, Oct. 21st           Awarded US patent 306,839 for improved “Fly-Open” pocket knife.

Korn 1884 Patent

Korn 1884 Patent

 

1884, Oct 21st            Awarded US patent 306,840 for pocket knife handle with rotating disc of pictured lenses.

Korn knife handle with pictures

Korn knife handle with pictures

 

Blades marked 'Korns Patent' and 'Art Cutlery'. Photo Howard Melnick.

Blades marked ‘Korns Patent’ and ‘Art Cutlery’.
Photo Howard Melnick.

 

Blades marked 'Korns Patent' and 'Art Cutlery'. Photo Howard Melnick.

Blades marked ‘Korns Patent’ and ‘Art Cutlery’.
Photo Howard Melnick.

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1884, Dec 22nd          Returns to New York from Europe, ship: Eider.

1885, April 4th           Applies for US Passport.

1885, April 9th           Marriage to Pauline Pribyl, Chicago, Illinois.

1887, Feb. 22nd          Assigned US patent 358,312 for pocket knife with locking lever.  Assignor August Weck residing in Solingen, Germany.

Weck Locking Lever Patent Assigned to Korn

Weck Locking Lever Patent Assigned to Korn

 

1887, April 12th         Applies for US Passport.

1888, Nov. 24th         Returns to New York from Europe with wife, Steamship Lahn.

1888, Dec. 12th          Gives testimony before Senate Sub Committee on Tariff  (states he’s been in the business about 15 years).

1889, April 16th         Applies for US Passport for himself and wife.

1889 Passport for Korn & wife, bound for Prussia

1889 Passport for Korn & wife, bound for Prussia

 

1890, Jan. 17th          Korn and wife meet with JBF Champlin in Little Valley, NY.

1890, Nov.29th          Returns to New York from Europe with wife, Steamship Aller.

German S.S. Aller

German S.S. Aller

1892, Aug. 9th         Awarded US patent 21,766 for figural knife handle design, shaped like well dressed woman.

1892 figural patent of knife handle shaped like a woman

1892 patent of knife handle shaped like a woman

 

1892, Sept. 27         Awarded US patent 21,867 for figural knife handle design, shaped like beer stein with a king’s face on the front and a queen on the reverse. A folding corkscrew blade can be seen in the drawing as well as a foil cutting blade.

1892 figural patent for knife handle shaped like beer stein

1892 patent for figural knife handle shaped like beer stein

 

1892, Nov. 8th           Returns to New York from Europe with wife, Steamship Aller

1900,  May 18th        Incorporated razor factory at Little Valley, NY.

1900, June 14th         Federal Census enumerates Korn and wife Pauline living in Chicago, Ill. with a 21 year old servant girl named Amanda Benson from Sweeden

1901, May-Oct          Pan American Expo, Buffalo, NY.

Library of Congress

Pan American Expo, 1901 Library of Congress

 

1902, Feb. 18th          Awarded US patent 693,524 for Double Hollow Ground razor.

1912 Korn patent drawing for double grind razor

1912 Korn patent drawing for double grind razor

Korn Double Ground Razor

Korn Double Ground Razor courtesy of Myron Tupa

Korn Double Ground

Korn Double Ground

 

1903, Feb. 10th          Awarded US patent 720,360 for Safety-Razor (The Real).

Korn Patent for safety razor

Korn Patent for safety razor

The Real Safety Razor

The Real Safety Razor, razors courtesy Myron Tupa

 

1903, Aug. 11th          Awarded US patent 735,780 for Razor Strop.

US Patent for razor strop

US Patent for razor strop

 

1905, Nov. 28th         Awarded US patent 805,561 for razor handle made of stamped sheet metal.

Korn Patent for stamped metal razor handle

Korn Patent for stamped metal razor handle

 

1906, Mar. 20th       Awarded US patent 815,355 for new notch in razor handle.

Patent for new finger notch

Patent for new finger notch

 

1908, Nov. 27th         More Tariff hearings. Korn in poor health so he sends Mr. Vreeland as representative.  (Vreeland states that Korn’s razor factory has not made any money in 8 years).

1912, Dec. 31st           Awarded US Patent 45493, handle for razors or similar articles. Drawing looks like Christmas Tree celluloid (applied June 3, 1911)

Korn celluloid handle design 1912

Korn celluloid handle  design 1912

Korn razor with celluloid handel

Korn razor with celluloid handle

 

1918, Aug 18th            Korn Mfg held a company picnic at the Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon in Little Valley. 150 people were present. All kinds of sports were enjoyed.

1919, July 27th           Dies at the age of 73.  Funeral services held in Little Valley, NY. as well as in Chicago, Ill.  Remains shipped to Chicago.   (I have found 4 different dates for his death and believe July 27th to be correct. newspaper clippings also site July 7th, July 19th and June 7th as the date he passed away).

 

1919, July 28th         Obituary in “The Olean Evening Times” reads as follows:

G.W. Korn of Razor Factory Passes Away

CAME TO LITTLE VALLEY AND ESTABLISHED SUCCESSFUL CONCERN 20 YEARS AGO.

George W. Korn, President of the Korn Razor Co., of Little Valley died at his home in that place yesterday morning after an illness of comparatively short duration. The late Mr. Korn was born in Germany and came to this country when a young man. He resided in Chicago for many years and came to Little Valley some nineteen years ago, where he established the Korn Razor Co., which proved a very successful enterprise.

The late Mr. Korn was seventy three years of age.  He is survived by his wife and an adopted daughter, Ethyle.  Funeral Services were held at the home in Little Valley this afternoon at 2:30 o’ clock and the remains will be taken to Chicago for further services and interment in that city.

 

1919, Aug 1st             Obituary in the “Salamanca Inquirer” reads as follows:

Prominent Little Valley Manufacturer Passes Away

George W. Korn, razor Manufacturer and one of the most prominent residents of Little Valley died Sunday morning.  Mr. Korn was 72 years of age and was born in Breslau, Germany, May 25, 1847.  Mr. Korn came to this country at the age of 19 and has been engaged in the manufacturing business in New York, Buffalo and Chicago.

About 20 years ago Mr. Korn came to Little Valley and established the G.W. Korn Razor Manufacturing Company..  The business flourished under the able management of Mr. Korn and at the present time is an industry of considerable size.

One of the products of the plant was the Korn Safety Razor, invented by Mr. Korn and which has a large sale throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Korn was married in 1866 to Pauline O. Pribyl, who survives him, as also does a daughter, Mrs. Carl Simmons.

Mr. Korn was a member of the Masonic fraternity having been a mmber of Alden Lodge for more than 50 years.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and were conducted by Arion Lodge No. 812 F. &  A. M. and burial services took place in Chicago Tuesday afternoon.

The bearers at the services in Little Valley were D. E. Bishop, Walter Pickup, Willis Starks, Albert J. Memmott and Walter Merrow, all of whom are employees of the manufacturing plant of which Mr. Korn was the head and Max Klass of New York City.

Out of respect to the memory of Mr. Korn, the factory was closed down for two days.  The business places of Little Valley were also closed during the funeral service.

 

1919, Aug. Issue       Obituary in “The American Cutler” trade magazine reads as follows:

George W. Korn is Dead

Geo. W. Korn, one of the pioneers in the cutlery manufacturing business in the United State, died at his home in Little Vally, N.Y., Sunday morning, July 7th 1919, at the age of 73 years.  He had been ill and in failing health for some time previous to his death. The funeral services were held at his home on Court Street on Monday afternoon and were in charge of the Masons.  The remains were taken to Chicago Monday evening, and funeral services held in that city Tuesday afternoon at Rose Hill Chapel. 

Mr. Korn Was born in Breslau, Germany, on the 22nd of May, in the year 1846, and came to the United States at the age of 19 years.  Thirty four years ago he was united in marriage to Pauline O. Pribyl who survives him.  The death of Mr. Korn removes from the cutlery industry one of it’s oldest members. Soon After Mr. Korn came to the United States he associated himself with Wablridge & Co., Buffalo, N.Y., and later with Alfred Field & Co., New York. In 1900 he established the Geo. W. Korn Razor Manufacturing Co., of which he had been president since the time of it’s organization.  He was the inventor of a safety razor.  Mr. Korn was  faithful Mason and for over fifty years was a member of Alden Lodge, No.594 of Alden, N.Y.

 

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