A US WW2 steel matlock made by Diamond Calk in 1945 with an original OD green wooden handle and original, unissued and excellent US Marked carrying case made by the E.A.Brown Manufacturing Company in 1944.
The Diamond Calk Horseshoe Company was founded in 1908 by Otto Swanstrom, a blacksmith operating in Duluth, Minnesota. As the name suggests, the company was formed to make calks and horseshoes, and their initial product was a patented insertable calk for horseshoes. (A calk is a gripping bit on a horseshoe, added for better traction on ice or slippery surfaces.) In 1910 the company built a factory at 4630 West Third Street in Duluth.
E.A. Brown Manufacturing Co. made a number of canvas products for the US Military during WW2. This Matlock case is unissued and in pristine condition. It is original WW2 and not a reproduction.
This set was primarily designed to be strapped to jeeps. They were also carried by GIs for digging trenches. Great piece of US WW2 history.