Historical information

This unusual set of pliers was made in Germany by Henry Boker (Heinrich Boker).

Boker hand tools were being produced in the 18th century in Remscheid, Germany. Boker tools were known for good quality and value for money. George A. Fox & Co., of 250 Victoria Street North Melbourne, were agents for Boker tools in the 1950s. Museums Victoria has a Boker catalogue in its collection dated circa 1954.


These pliers are significant as an example of hand tools used in the early 29th centry or earlier. Pliers like this would typically be used in maritime trades.

Physical description

Pliers, double headed. This hand tool has two sets of jaws on its pair of handles. It was made by Henry Boker, Germany.

Inscriptions & markings

Impressed into metal "HENRY BOKER / GERMANY"