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WW2 Field Conversion U.S Marine Corps USMC KA-BAR Fighting Knife & Leather Scabbard With Integral Belt Loop. (Sn 14588:2 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:2
This is an original WW2 USMC Ka-bar Fighting Knife & Leather Scabbard (see pages 90 & 91 of Cole’s book U.S. Military Knives Book 3). This example has been contemporarily field converted. The conversion has shortened the original handle with compressed leather washers to 4 washers instead of 5 and the original steel pommel replaced by a brass pommel. The converted fighting knife fits the hand well. It’s 7” steel drop point blade has staining and stable areas of pitting consistent with age and service use. The blade has markings ‘KA-BAR’ on one side & ‘USMC’ on the reverse. It measures 11 ¼” overall length. The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with integral belt loop & single retaining strap and press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard is embossed USMC and with the USMC badge together with KABAR’. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:2

VERY RARE, WW2 U.S. Military ‘Western Cutlery Co Combat Knife (Fore Runner Of The Famous Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife) & Scabbard (Sn 14588:1 Daggers & Swords) - 14588:1
This is an original, very rare, WW2 era Western Cutlery Co USA combat knife (see page 60 Fig No.1 of US Military Knives Book III By Cole). These fighting knives were the fore runner to the famous USMC Ka-Bar fighting knife. It measures 13” in length overall length with correct, steel framed, compressed leather washer hilt, oval steel cross guard and 8” drop point blued blade. The blade is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Western Boulder Colo Pat’d ’. It is in its original correct brown leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The female part of the press stud fastener is absent. The price for this very rare fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:1

19th Century Japanese Tanto With Ornately Hand Carved Ox Bone Handle & Scabbard. (Sn 14559 Swords & Daggers) - 14559
This is a very good original Japanese Tanto with beautifully deep carved Ox Bone Handle & Scabbard. The Tanto has a 10 ½” single edged blade with brass habaki and measures 15 ½” overall. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age. Its handle and scabbard made of the bone from the shin of an Ox are ornately hand carved with imagery of Japanese priests or noblemen in village scenery. The price for this attractive Japanese Tanto includes UK delivery. Sn 14559

SOLD SOLD SOLD (02/10) MINT, Cased Wilkinson Sword Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 1st Pattern, FS Commando Dagger With Etched Panels Blade. (Sn 14564 Daggers & Swords) - 14564
The 1st Pattern FS fighting knife was introduced in 1940 and produced by Wilkinson Sword (see page 63 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This commemorative 1st pattern FS Commando dagger was most likely produced in the 1990’s by Wilkinson Sword to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the FS Fighting Knife. The knife is in superb near mint condition. The ricasso is etched on one side with panel ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ together with crossed swords legend. The reverse has ‘The F-S Fighting Knife’ at the ricasso. The 1st Pattern nickel plated handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The full size dagger, 12” overall length, is contained in its quality brown wood case with hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined in green felt & padded white material. The felt is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. There are 2 elastic retaining straps which hold the dagger firmly in the case. The price for this near mint commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14564

MINT, Post 1952 QE II British Nickel Plated Commemorative 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched & Blued Panel & Scabbard. (Sn 14563 Daggers & Swords) - 14563
An original, near mint 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with etched Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment Wilkinson Sword panel. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook) and continued to be issued post war. This post 1952 commemorative Commando knife has an undamaged ribbed and nickel plated brass handle with slotted pommel nut and oval nickel plated cross guard. It has a pristine 180mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has an etched & blued panel on one side ‘Wilkinson Sword London Made In England’ with crossed swords legend and QE II Royal Appointment. It is complete with its leather scabbard with nickel plated external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14563

MINT, Cased QE II Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Commando 1940 - 1945' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. (Sn 14558 Daggers & Swords) - 14558
The British Commandos were formed during 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 wartime 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 near mint, full size (11 ¾” overall length), 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced post 1952 to commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in pristine condition. The blade is inscribed on both sides and highlighted in gold. One side with the manufacturer's detail 'Wilkinson Sword Made In England' with their crossed swords legend and Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment and ‘1940-1945’. The reverse is numbered ‘WO32’ and has motto ‘United We Conquer’. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden box with hinged lid covered in green leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case, lined in green felt & white silk & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The exterior lid of the box is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend together with the stylised image of a Commando shoulder title in Gold. The silk lining of the case lists the WW2 Battle Honours & Military Decorations Awarded to the Commandos all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14558

WW1 Imperial German Officer’s Trench Dagger / Knife Design Based On WW1 Dress Bayonet & Scabbard. (Sn 14579 Daggers & Swords) - 14579
This is a an original WW1 German Officer’s trench dagger / knife. This form of trench dagger were based on dress bayonets issued during WW1 (see page 50 of German Combat Knives 1914-1945 By Mery). This is dagger is 10 ½” overall with a 6” steel blade. The blade has no visible manufacturer marks. It has the correct Eagle's head pommel with correct non-functioning false bayonet button which forms the Eagles eye. The black grips are chequered and secured with two rivets. It has an up-swept quillon cross guard. The dagger has its original metal scabbard with original black paint and has an integral riveted leather belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14579

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...NEAR MINT, British WW2 WD 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Scabbard. (Sn 14576 Daggers & Swords) - 14576
A near mint 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 and WD arrow above number ‘11’ mark. It has a 171mm blued dagger blade with medial ridge. The bluing is pristine. There is one small nick to one of the cutting edges which is only visible on close inspection. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs (the edge of one tab is absent). Its elasticated retaining strap is present and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14576

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

SOLD SOLD (30/10 ) 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
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