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RARE 'Death's Head' Middle East Commando Knife & Scabbard. Sn 13628 - 13628
The manufacture of the 'Death's Head' India Pattern Commando knives were influenced by members of the WW2 Middle East Commando who went to India and then China to form 'Mission 204'. An example of this knife is shown on page 208 plate 503 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives. This is an excellent original example of the rare Middle East Commando knife. It has the correct 'deaths' head' cast brass grip with finger rings & 'cog wheel' type protrusions on the knuckle grip. Its 6" steel single edged Bowie type blade is undamaged. The knife measures 11 ¾” overall. As is common with these knives it does not have any manufacturers marks (see pages 32-35 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). It is complete with its correct original heavy duty leather scabbard with rear belt loop & retaining strap which fastens to a brass stud on the body of the scabbard. The front of the scabbard has contemporary hand carved cross hatch etching below initials DB most likely applied in the field by the Commando who owned this dagger. Price for this piece of British Commando history includes UK delivery. Sn 13628

RARE LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION WW II ‘War In The Pacific’ 6 Various Patterns Fairbairn Sykes Etched Commando FS Daggers By H.G. Long & Co Sheffield Commissioned By The American Historical Society. (Sn 14535 Daggers & Swords) - 14535
This is a Superb, Limited Edition WW II War In The Pacific Set of 6 WW2 Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes Etched Commando Daggers By H.G. Long & Co Sheffield. The set was commissioned by the American Historical Society. All of the full size daggers are in various patterns / hilt forms of the WW2 originals. All are in mint condition with their original finish and beautifully etched blades. Each dagger is marked by the manufacturer H.G. Long Sheffield . All of the blades have superb etching with banners, battle honours, mottos and references to noteworthy events and allied heads of state pertaining to their respective Pacific battles & engagements. From left to right, ‘Victory In The Pacific’, ‘Okinawa’, ‘Philippines’, Solomons’,’Iwo Jima’ & Coral Sea/Midway island. The daggers are all different hilt variations of the WW2 Fs Classics. Including 2 of the rare wooden hilt variations (an example of this collection is illustrated and described on page 63 of the book Allied Military Knives by Buerlein). The price for this excellent complete commemorative FS set in mint condition includes UK delivery. Sn 14535

SOLD SOLD (25/9) MINT, UN-ISSUED, British WW2 WD B2 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Scabbard. (Sn 14576 Daggers & Swords) - 14576
A near mint, un-issued condition, WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes commando fighting knife. The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed and blackened brass handle which has a number 1 mould mark. It has a pristine 171mm blued dagger blade with medial ridge. The cross guard is stamped ‘B2’ with WD arrow. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs & elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14576

Original, WW2 German Luftwaffen- Kampfmesser Pilot’s & Paratrooper Fallschirmjager Boot Knife & Scabbard. (Sn 14582 Daggers & Swords) - 14582
An original WW2 German Luftwaffe Luftwaffen- Kampfmesser Boot Knife & Scabbard. These knives were carried in the boots of Luftwaffe pilots and Air crew and were favoured by Nazi Fallschirmjager Paratroopers (see page 78 of German Combat knives 1914-1945 By Mery). The knife has a clean 6 ½” blade which is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The overall length is 11". The grips are smooth contoured wood and secured to the tang by three rivets. The ricasso is stamped with the correct stylised Eagle 'Luftwaffe' mark. Its original scabbard is metal with original black paint. It has the correct 2 prong metal belt/boot clip riveted to the rear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14582

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/9) RARE, ORIGINAL, WW2 British Commando & Special Forces Sterile Smatchet & Webbing Scabbard . (Sn 14577 Daggers & Swords) - 14577
In many respects the WW2 British Special Forces Smatchet is one of the most mysterious British issue knives of the period. Its development appears to have been around the same time as the FS Commando dagger i.e 1940-41. The Smatchet is listed as equipment issued to Commandos for D-day. While some examples bear War Dept Broad arrows no examples have been found bearing manufacturer's names ( see pages 38-39 and plate 76 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). This rare, original sterile example of the Smatchet is excellent and undamaged. It has the correct large leaf shaped blade 10 ¾” in length which is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. It has riveted wood grips which are undamaged. It has a brass oval cross guard & grey alloy pommel holed for wrist strap. There are no visible WD or manufacturer marks on this Smatchet. Its webbing scabbard has single retaining strap with brass stud fastener & integral belt loop. The sheath is clean & all material stitching & rivets are intact. The price for this rare piece of WW2 British Special Forces Equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 14577

SOLD. SOLD (22/9 ). EXTREMELY RARE, CASED COLLECTION OF 10 MINT MINIATURE, J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knives In Various Forms. (Sn 14578 Daggers & Swords) - 14578
This is an impressive, extremely rare and sought after collection of Bowie Knives, hand made at Rockingham Street, Sheffield by the now deceased J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy Middleton famous for their quality full size Bowies. Ron Middleton now himself 86yrs old states that only 300 miniatures were ever made by the Middletons and most were exported to the USA. This collection superbly displays the craftsmanship and range of materials used by the Middletons. All of the miniatures are exact replicas of their full size examples with the same quality and attention to detail. Each miniature is in mint, as new condition. The miniatures very in size from 4 ¾” to 4 ¼” overall length. All have polished steel Bowie blades and brass fittings, seven with ornate brass pommel heads depicting Horse’s head, mythical hybrid beast panels, Bear’s head, native American Indian Chief’s head, Beaver’s head, Eagle’s head & Ram’s head. Nine of blades are signed 'J.E. Middleton & Sons’, one is signed ‘RM’ (either Ron or Roy Middleton). A variety of hilt materials have been used in the production of these Bowies including polished buffalo horn, polished stag antler, horn & bone. The knives are contained in a blue leatherette covered wood display case in which they were found. The case with hinged lid and cushioned lining has obviously kept these knives together for years and protected them, explaining their superb mint condition. The price for this quality collection of miniature Bowies includes UK delivery. Sn 14578

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 23/9) WW2 British Army Ghurkha’s Kukri With 1941 Dated Scabbard By A.A. With Embossed Ghurkha’s Badge Pommel & Frog. (Sn 14521 Daggers & Swords) - 14521
This is an original WW2 Ghurkha’s Kukri. The sturdy military grade weapon is 16 ¾” overall. The wood handle which has a black painted pommel cap with embossed crossed Kukris Ghurkha badge and stylised monogram. The curved 13” blade is razor sharp and has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The scabbard made of wood is covered in brown leather. It has a pointed brass chape and 2 small pockets for the skinners at the throat (skinners absent). One side of the scabbard is impressed with ‘1941’ date and by the manufacturer ‘A.A’. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather laced frog with 2 belt loops and buckles. All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14521

Early 20th Century, Simbra Industries Argentina Gaucho Cowboy’s Dagger & Alpaca Argentina Scabbard. (Sn 14446 Daggers & Swords) - 14446
Stunning antique facon gaucho knife, small measures collectible piece. Alpacca handle and seath with chiselled with gold filled flowers and small leaves. Seath sealed/markings: ALPACA ARGENTINA. Carbon steel blade with markings/sealed: SIMBRA INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA. Knife. These hunting daggers were used by Argentinian ‘gaucho’ cattle herders / cowboys. The 6 ½” single edged blade has staining consistent with age and it measures 11 ¼” overall length. The back edge of the blade has scalloped decoration. One side of the blade is crisply marked with the manufacturer’s name ‘Simbra’(Simbra Industria Argentina). The plated white metal handle has intricate writhen decoration and a void shield to one side. The dagger is complete with its original plated white metal scabbard with ornate belt bar. The scabbard has foliate, writhen decoration and ornate chape . The mouth of the scabbard is crisply marked ‘Industria Alpaca Argentina’. The price for this attractive Gaucho dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 14446

Large, English Victorian Horseman's / Coachman's Wheatley Bros Sheffield Wheatsheaf Trademark Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Stag Antler Scales. (ED 2212 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2212
The Sheffield cutlers Wheatley Bros were a successful late Victorian company, established in 1878 at the Eclipse works, New George Street, Sheffield by Thomas & Sam Wheatley. The company’s trademark was a wheatsheaf (see page 290 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a large Victorian era Horseman's / Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Wheatley Bros Sheffield. The knife has 7 fold out tools and blades. One blade has the crisp Wheatley bros Wheatsheaf trademark and 2 blades have faint partially readable Wheatley Bros name. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The knife has German silver mounts including a void shield to one of the scales. Slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4” blade unfolded the knife measures 9” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian knife includes UK delivery. ED 2212

MASSIVE, English Victorian Coachman's W&S Butcher Sheffield Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Coach Key & Stag Antler Scales . (ED 2211 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2211
The Butcher Brothers William & Samuel were one of the most enterprising of partnerships in Sheffield during the early 19th Century. Primarily tool makers they gained a very high reputation for making quality knives. In 1819 they are recorded as having premises at Eyre Lane, Sheffield. Between 1830 and 1850 the business expanded to Furnival street and into a large tenement type factory known as the ‘Butcher’s Wheel’ (see page 167 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a massive Victorian era Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Butcher Sheffield. The knife has 9 fold out tools and blades including the Hackney Cab Coach door key ( illustrated). The saw blade with screwdriver tip is marked with partially visible manufacturer’s name ‘Butcher Sheffield’. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The frame of the knife has an integral screwdriver tip and slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4 ½” blade unfolded the knife measures 10” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian Coachman’s knife includes UK delivery. ED 2211
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