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SOLD SOLD (11/02) LARGE, QUALITY MANUFACTURER, Victorian English, Coachman / Horseman’s Multi Bladed ‘Trustworthy’ Folding Lock Knife By Mappin & Webb, Sheffield With Removable Rein Bolts. Sn 14170 - 14170
John Mappin, the youngest of the prestigious Victorian Mappin Brothers Cutlers started his own business Mappin & Company, opening the first Mappin store in 1860 at 77-78 Oxford Street, London. In 1864 John Mappin was joined in the new venture by his brother in law George Webb forming Mappin, Webb. ‘Mappin & Webb Ltd ‘ was first recorded in 1889, and at this stage the business was focused on manufacturing based in Sheffield. The relationship with the British Monarchy began in the late 19th Century and was formalised when Her Majesty Queen Victoria first granted a royal warrant to Mappin & Webb as silversmiths, in 1897, the year of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Mappin & Webb has held a royal warrant as silversmiths to each of the five subsequent sovereigns and today holds a Royal Warrant as Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen and to HRH The Prince of Wales. This is a very large Victorian Coachman/ Horseman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Mappin & Webb. The knife’s fold out tools and blades consisting of a horseshoe lever/ hook, corkscrew, fullered spike, gimlet spike, 3¼” single edged blade, 1 ¾” double edged blade with thumb spur, 2 ½” single edged blade. 2 of the blades are marked ‘M Trustworthy Mappin & Webb Sheffield’. The double edged blade ‘M’ above ‘Trustworthy’ within banner. The body of the knife has 2 original removable rein screw bolts with nuts. The knife has undamaged chequered wood scales. One scale is fitted with a German silver escutcheon. The hook hinge mount and lanyard ring are also German silver. The scales are slotted for accessories. One slot contains its original steel tweezers. The other slot is empty. The blades & accessories are undamaged with just the staining to be expected with age. All blades fold neatly into its steel frame. The price for this impressive Victorian Coachman’s knife by a quality manufacturer includes UK delivery. Sn 14170

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) Mint Condition Massive David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Horses Head Pommell, Mother of Pearl Grip And Leather Sheath. Sn 13016 - 13016
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This high quality, massive hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is a huge 12" long with decorative scalloped back edge. The knife measures 18 1/2” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a very ornate horses head pommel with worked cross guard with hand tooled decoration and ornate ferrules. Its grip is Mother of Pearl. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with stitched belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13016

WW2 Era Nazi German Luftwaffe 2nd Pattern Officer's Dagger With Cord & Portepee And Scabbard. Sn 14175 - 14175
An excellent, original, 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Officer's Dagger set. The dagger has a clean blade and is without any visible manufacturer's marks. It has the correct distinctive 'Eagle with Swastika' design cross guard and deep orange hue 'phenol resin' grip with ornate Oak leaf decorated, hilt mount and pommel. The Swastikas on the pommel and Eagle cross guard retain some of their original gilt finish and the wire binding on the grip is tight and intact. The Dagger has its original silver/ aluminium bullion cord and portepee. Its original scabbard is decorated with a 'hammered' design and has 2 hanging ring mounts with Oak leaf decoration. The mounts are fitted with original hanging rings. The Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14175

Imperial German Deer Hunting Skinning Knife By Stephan Nenning Munchen With Stag Horn Handle, Silver Mounts & Sheath With Ornate Silver Mounts. ED 2160 - ED 2160
This is an original Imperial German era Deer hunting skinning knife with original sheath. It has a Stag Horn handle with plain Silver pommel cap. It also has a Silver ferrule ornately engraved with an Oak leaf design. The knife has a 4" single edged blade with integral finger guard and is crisply marked on one side by the manufacturer or retailer ‘Stephan Nenning Munchen’. The blade is undamaged and has staining consistent with age. There is no damage to the blade and the cutting edge is sharp with no nicks. It measures 7 ¾” overall length. The dagger is complete with original black leather sheath which has a silver chape and throat mount. Both are ornately decorated with Oak leaves and panels featuring Stags in the field and banners & arms. All leather and stitching are intact. The price for this Imperial German hunting piece which would have been an expensive item when made includes UK delivery. ED 2160

WW2 British Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando Fighting Knife With 13 Ridge Grooved Grip & Contemporarily Adapted Scabbard Thigh Straps Carried By RAF Pilot Officer Silver During The Burma Campaign Obtained Direct From The Officer’s Family - 14006
This is an original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and scabbard, see pages 133 to 137 and plates 9.24 (13 ridge grip) and 9.25 (16 ridge Grip) of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook which illustrated wood handled FS daggers similar to ours. In his book page 133, plate 9.22 Flook references the use of wood handled FS daggers by WW2 Pilot’s with a contemporary image of a Pilot carrying a 3rd pattern type wood hilt FS dagger while being debriefed at an airfield in France shortly after D day June 1944. This particular knife was carried by RAF Pilot Officer Silver during missions he flew in the WW2 Burma / India campaign and was recently obtained direct from the Officer’s family. The hilt is correctly made of black painted wood with 13 ridge grooved grip, rounded pommel brass pommel nut and an oval blackened steel cross guard. It has a 156mm double edged blackened dagger blade with medial ridge and is in its original leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap, blackened brass chape and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The tabs have been contemporarily adapted for carry in a cockpit or fuselage of an aircraft by the addition of webbing straps with buckles for thigh wear. All leather, webbing & stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price for this WW2 RAF Pilot’s FS Dagger worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14006

MINT, Cased, WW2 Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Army Commandos 1940-45' By Frank Mills & Co Ltd Hanover Works Sheffield With Etched Blade. Sn 14002 - 14002
The British Commandos were formed in the early stages of the Second World War, in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries. Reaching a war time strength of over 30 individual units and four assault brigades, the Commandos served in all theatres of war from the Arctic Circle to Europe and from the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre to South-East Asia. Their operations ranged from small groups of men landing from the sea or by parachute to a brigade of assault troops spearheading the Allied invasions of Europe and Asia. All Commandos were issued with the iconic FS Fighting knife. This attractive 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in near mint condition. It has a blued blade etched on both sides with gilt panels containing Commando mottos & images celebrating the Commando’s valour & ethos (all illustrated) including an image of the Victoria Cross and ‘THE ARMY COMMANDOS 1940-45. The ricasso of one side is etched with the manufacturer's panel ‘Frank Mills & Co Ltd Est 1886 Hanover Works Sheffield England’. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger is contained in its quality wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt & padded silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and has elasticated retaining straps to keep the dagger securely in place. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14002

QUALITY, Victorian Era German Silver Mounted Barrel Knife With Finnish Birch Handle Additional Concealed Blade Hinged Butt Cap With Heraldic Arms To Jones Of Caton Lancaster & Motto ‘Vince Malum Bono’ (Overcome Evil With Good), 2 Piece Scabbard. Sn 13980 - 13980
This quality barrel knife would have been an expensive purchase for any Victorian Gentleman. It s handle is wood most likely a cross-section of a fat ellipse Karellian Birch from Finland. The knife has a 3” single edged steel blade with hand tooled decorative back edge & the spine has German Silver inlay. The knife measures 7” overall and has a German Silver ferrule and butt cap with hinged lid. The top of the lid has what appears to be heraldic arms together with Latin motto ‘Vince Malum Bono’ (Overcome Evil With Good). We believe the arms and motto to belong to Jones Of Caton Lancaster. The hinged lid opens to reveal the hollowed out barrel body which conceals a smaller knife similar in construction to the larger knife but with solid body, fixed German Silver butt cap and smaller 1 ½” blade (4” overall). The knife is complete with its original 2 piece leather bound wood scabbard which has German Silver mounts. The wood is undamaged and complete but the surface of the leather has areas of wear consistent with age and use which can be seen in the images. Price for this unusual quality Victorian Gentleman’s piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 13980

SOLD SOLD (8/12 LAY-AWAY) RARE, 1990’s Yugoslav / 3rd Balkan Wars Theatre Made Personal Side Arm / Fighting Knife With Etched Panels ‘Death To Fascism Freedom To The People’ & Leather Scabbard. Sn 13895 - 13895
The Yugoslav or 3rd Balkan Wars were a series of ethnically-based wars and insurgencies fought from 1991 to 2001 inside the territory of the former Yugoslavia. These wars accompanied and/or facilitated the breakup of the Yugoslav state, when its constituent republics declared independence, but the issues of ethnic minorities in the new countries (chiefly Serbs, Croats and Albanians) were still unresolved at the time the republics were recognized internationally. The wars are generally considered to be a series of separate but related military conflicts which occurred in, and affected, most of the former Yugoslav republics. Often described as Europe's deadliest since World War II, the conflicts have become infamous for the war crimes involved, including ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and rape. These were the first European conflicts since World War II to be formally judged genocidal in character and many key individual participants were subsequently charged with war crimes. This theatre of War made fighting knife is no doubt a personal side arm / fighting knife of one of the Militia personnel or other armed factions who fought in the Balkans Wars. This heavy knife has a 7 ½” single edged blade with deep swept top edge. The blade is 2 ½” wide at its broadest and tapers to a sharp point making it ideal for chopping, slashing or stabbing in close quarter combat. The blade has etched panels on both side. One side has a ‘clenched fist within shield badge’ above Yugoslav / Balkan Script ‘SMRT FASCISMU’ (Death To Fascism) and the reverse has a ‘death’s head skull and crossbones within shield badge’ above Yugoslav / Balkan script which roughly translates to ‘Freedom To The People’. It measures 12" overall length and has wood slab scales each inset with grooved alloy mounts. The heavy cross guard is brass. The knife is complete with original leather sheath with single retaining strap and sprung stud fastener. The price for this rare Balkans War piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13895

Vietnam Era U.S. Special Forces 'Nata' Design Fighting Knife / Machete & Sheath. Sn 13871:6 - 13871:6
This is a Japanese made Nata design fighting knife / machete. These knives were popular with U.S. troops and Special Forces serving in Vietnam. They found the 18" U.S. machetes unsuited to their particular kind of fighting. This style was so popular, that it served to influence the development of the larger Square Tip and SOG Bolo machetes. The overall length of the knife is 14 1/2 inches, the blade is 7 1/2 inches long, and 2 1/4 inches wide. The edge is hewer cut, that is bevelled only on one side. The flat side has a visible temper line and fuller. The other side is a chiselled design with Japanese symbols. The wooden handle has a ferrule and the handle is cut to accept the blade and is secured with two steel pins. The blade is very sharp. The overall condition of the knife is excellent. The scabbard is made of wood and is covered with brown leather. All stitching is intact. Riveted belt loop is present but the retention strap is broken on one side. (see 'The Military Knife & Bayonet' book by Homer M. Brett, page 327). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13871:6

An Excellent William Rodgers Of Sheffield, England Ebony Handled Bowie Knife & Black Leather Sheath. Sn 13889 - 13889
This is a top quality bowie knife by the premier Sheffield knife maker William Rodgers. It is clearly marked on one side of the blade with "William Rodgers Sheffield, England". The grips are black ebony, chequered and held in place by one pin. The polished blade measures 4 3/4" long. The scabbard is top quality black leather with a belt loop riveted to the back. These knives were often carried by officers in WW1. (See 'The Sheffield Knife Book' by Geoffrey Tweedale page 257-265 and Ron Flooks ' British & Commonwealth Military Knives' pages 23, plate 29 for a WW1 knife of a similar style with a knuckleduster). A top quality knife in excellent condition by a premier Sheffield maker. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13889
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