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SOLD...17/06...AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH, WW1 1918 U.S. Army Trench/ Fighting Knife By Landers, Frary And Clark (LF&C) With Spiked Brass Knuckle Bow & Matching LF&C 1918 Dated Scabbard. ED 2432 - ED 2432
This pattern of Knife was first produced in 1918 and were used by American troops in the later stages of WWI. The same knives also saw action in WW2 (see page 68 of Fighting Knives By Stephens). This is an original example of the Landers, Frary and Clark Fighting Knife in as found and un-messed with condition. It has a 6 ¾” double edged spear point blade with medial ridge and solid brass handle with 4 finger stalls, spiked knuckle bow. The right side of the handle is deeply stamped 'U.S. 1918 LF&C 1918'. The pommel has the correct pointed nut which secures the blade through the handle. The Knife is complete with its original pressed steel scabbard which is crisply stamped at the throat 'L.F & C 1918'. The top and bottom sections of the scabbard are slotted for belt or strap. The throat has a removable stitched leather loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2432
£795.00

SOLD SOLD WW2 1944 American Soldier’s Sutton & Sons Ltd Private Purchase Alloy Hilt Knuckle Knife To ‘S. Gray’ Marked With Battle Honours ‘D Day France & Germany’ And Matching 1944 Dated Leather Scabbard. Sn 16257 - 16257
This is an original WW2 dated alloy hilt knuckle knife. These close quarter combat knives were popular American G.I. private purchase weapons. Similar knuckle knives are illustrated on page 71 of Theatre Made Military Knives Of World War II by Bill & Debbie Wright. This is an excellent original example made by Sutton & Sons Ltd in 1944 with original matching date scabbard. It has the correct cast alloy grip with 4 finger rings. The hilt is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Sutton & Sons Ltd’ and dated ‘1944’. The hilt also has period applied hand inscribed wording ‘S.Gray’ repeated 3 times, most likely the name of the American Soldier who bought this weapon and ‘D.Day France & Germany’ most likely applied by the Soldier after his service in those theatres of war. The hilt retains traces of original green paint. Its polished 7 ¼” steel single edged Bowie type blade is undamaged. The knife measures 11” overall length. It is complete with its original leather scabbard with integral riveted rear belt loop. The front of the scabbard is impressed with stylised American eagle and the name ‘S. Gray’. The belt loop is dated ‘44’ (1944), numbered ‘0794’ and has a small manufacturer’s cartouche roundel. The body of the scabbard has reinforced stitched edges and rows of round top metal staples. The price for this fighting knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16257
£0.00

RARE, KA-BAR FIGHTING KNIFE CONNECTIONS, C1910 American Keenwell Mfg. Co. Olean, NY (Union Cutlery) Bowie Knife, Hatchet Axe Combination With Interchangeable Blades & Correct Original Tooled Leather Scabbard. Sn 16277 - 16277
The American Union Razor Company was started in 1898 by Wallace R. Brown a grandson of Job R. Case in Tidioute Pennsylvania. The operation was soon moved to Olean, New York where Union produced Olcut, Keenwell and Ka-bar stamped knives. The company also changed its name from Union Razor to Union Cutlery Company. They continued to produce high quality cutlery until around 1977. This is an excellent, rare to find Bowie knife hatchet combination stamped with the Keenwell Mfg Co mark. According to the Houston Price Guide to knives this stamping was used around 1910 by Union Cutlery. The brass and steel frame hilt has steel bolsters and Ivory hue smooth celluloid scales secured by brass pins. One bolster has an adjustable steel screw with knurled edge. When the screw is undone it allows the hatchet and knife blades to be changed. The tangs of the knife and axe have a round recess which fits the screw thread in the hilt securely. The cutting edge of the knife blade is 5” length and it has a ribbed recess section in the back edge of the blade. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Keenwell Mfg Co Olean, NY’. When configured as a knife the knife measures 9 ¾” overall length. The hatchet blade has just light staining consistent with age and is marked with matching manufacturer detail. The cutting edge is 2 ½” length. When configured as a hatchet it measures 12” overall length. The knife blade edge and hatchet head blade are both sharp. The combination comes with its original leather scabbard which securely houses the combination configured as a knife with retaining strap and press stud fastener together with a separate integral pocket with flap cover and press stud fastener which houses the hatchet blade. The brown leather scabbard has heavy duty reinforced stitched and riveted edges. The leather has tooled decoration to the front aspect and single belt loop to the rear. All leather, stitching & rivets of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price for this rare to find combination includes UK delivery. Sn 16277
£475.00

WW2 MK 2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Kabar Fighting Knife With USN Mark 2 Grey Plastic Scabbard By BM Co & VP. Sn 14588:9 - 14588:9
This is an original WW2 era Mark 2 Ka-Bar fighting knife & Scabbard (see page 78 of the book ‘United States Military Knives Collector’s Guide By Silvey & Boyd No. 63 for illustration & page 89 No 166 for description). This example is in excellent condition. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed smooth leather washers, correct finger guard and has a steel pommel. The blade is stamped ‘KA-BAR’ on one side and ‘USN MK 2’ on the reverse. It has a 7” clean, blackened, bowie blade with fullers. It is complete with its correct grey plastic scabbard with integral webbing frog and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The throat mount is stamped to the front ‘USN MK 2’ and the rear ‘NORD-4723 BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Co) /2’ and ‘VP’ (Victory Plastics). All markings are illustrated. The scabbard is holed for thigh cord. The price for this WW2 Ka-Bar knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14588:9
£345.00

MINT, 1st Type WW1 1917 American Cutlery Company USA Flanged Knuckle Bow Trench Fighting Dagger & Scabbard. Sn 16226 - 16226
This is a near mint, original, 1st type WW1 1917 dated USA American Cutlery Company made Trench Fighting Knife (see page 69 of Fighting Knives By Stephens). The blade is a simple but effective 8 ½” triangular spike (13 ½” overall) secured to a contoured wood grip with finger grooves. The flanged steel knuckle bow bears 2 rows of dome shaped teeth on the edges of the bow. The steel pommel has a domed end cap. The leather scabbard has original green paint and blackened steel fittings together with a brass belt hanger all in similar near mint condition. The inside of the knuckle bow is dated 1917 'A C Co' manufacturer's legend and ‘USA’ and the metal throat mount of the scabbard is stamped with a small ‘M.S.’ inspection mark. This is a scarce original WW1 fighting knife with original scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16226
£795.00

WW2 Early US M3 Fighting Knife Blade Manufacturer Marked Imperial & M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog By BM Co (Beckwith manufacturing Company). Sn 16136 - 16136
An original WW2 early US M3 fighting knife and M8 scabbard with integral frog. It has an undamaged 6 ½” blade which has just staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked 'USM3 IMPERIAL' (early M3 knives had manufacturer and model designation stamped on the blades. Later variants have those markings on the cross guard as it was believed stamping the blades risked weakening the steel) . The leather ringed handle is undamaged and has just light service wear to be expected. It has a steel cross guard and pommel. The knife is complete with it's original green plastic M8 scabbard with integral green webbing frog which has a single retaining strap and press stud fastener. The throat mount of the scabbard is stamped 'USM8' & by the manufacturer 'BM Co' (Beckwith Manufacturing Company). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16136
£295.00

WW2 MK 2 2nd Type USN Ka-Bar Fighting Knife By Conetta & Korean War Era U.S.N. Black Leather Scabbard. Sn 15998:16 - 15998:16
The WW2 MK 2 type 2 fighting knives issued to the U.S.N. (United States Navy) has a heavy steel pommel secured by 2 pins (1st types had a threaded pommel nut, see page 86 of ‘U.S Military Knives by Cole’. This is a very good original example of the 2nd type WW2 Fighting Knife made by Conetta in its scabbard. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed laminated leather washers with correct 2nd type steel pommel secured at the butt by 2 pins. The blackened hilt is clean and undamaged condition. It has a steel cross guard and a 7" parkerised bowie blade. The cross guard is crisply stamped with manufacturer details "US Conetta’. It is complete with its original Korean war era black leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with working brass press stud fastener. It is stamped on the front 'USN'. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15998:16
£245.00

WW2 Era U.S. KA-BAR USMC MK 2 2nd Type Fighting Knife By Camillus NY & Scabbard. Sn 15998:15 - 15998:15
KA-BAR is the contemporary popular name for the combat knife first adopted by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in November 1942 . This is an excellent original example of the Kabar MK 2 Type II knife complete with leather scabbard. The knife has a blackened 7" carbon steel clip point blade, correct Type II double pinned pommel and compressed leather-washer handle (1st pattern Knives have a threaded nut at the pommel, see pages 86-88 of U.S. Military Knives By Cole). The ricasso is crisply stamped by the manufacturer 'Camillus NY' on one side and the reverse ‘USMC’. It is complete with original leather scabbard which has a retaining strap with press stud fastener and large belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15998:15
£275.00

VERY RARE, WW2 U.S. Navy 1st Type, MK 2 (Early Ka-Bar) Fighting Knife By Camillus & Early U.S.N. Leather Scabbard. Sn 15998:14 - 15998:14
The WW2 1st Type MK 2 fighting knives issued to the U.S.N. (United States Navy) has a heavy steel pommel secured by a threaded nut at the butt. The 1st type MK2 was only in service for a short period and was soon replaced by the 2nd type which had a pommel secured by steel pin (see page 86 of ‘U.S Military Knives by Cole’. 1st type MK2 knives are very rare. This is an excellent original example of the 1st type WW2 U.S. Navy MK 2 Fighting Knife made by Camillus in its scabbard. The grip is constructed of the correct compressed laminated leather washers with correct 1st type steel pommel secured at the butt by threaded nut. The hilt is clean and undamaged condition. It has a steel cross guard and a 7" parkerised bowie blade. The cross guard is crisply stamped, "U.S.N." and the reverse with manufacturer details "CAMILLUS N.Y.". It is complete with its original early leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with working brass press stud fastener. It is stamped on the front 'USN'. The price for this very rare 1st Type MK2 knife and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15998:14
£345.00

WW1 1917 U.S. Military Henry Diston & Sons Design, Trench/ Fighting Knife By L.F. & C (Landers Frary & Clark) With Theatre Improvised Scabbard Made From Section Of Bayonet Scabbard. Sn 14511 - 14511
In 1917 several designs were submitted to the U.S. Ordnance Department for a new fighting knife. The design by Henry Diston & Sons, Philadelphia was chosen over others (see page 117 of United States Military Knives by Silvey & Boyd where an LFC example is illustrated). This is an original example of the Diston design Model 1917 Trench/ Fighting Knife. The blade is a simple but effective blackened 9” triangular spike (14” overall) secured to a contoured walnut grip with finger contours. The edges of the steel knuckle bow bears a row of pressed pyramid shaped steel knuckles. The grip also has a pyramid steel pommel nut. The guard of the bow is crisply stamped 'US L.F&C (Landers Frary & Clark) 1917". The field improvised scabbard is made from the lower section of an original WW1 bayonet scabbard (most likely a model 1913 or 1917 pattern bayonet scabbard). The scabbard has a rear seam and retains its original steel chape and original green paint. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14511
£575.00
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