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AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH Large WW1 British Officer’s Private Purchase Folding Multi Blade / Tool Clasp Knife Retailed By Harrods With 1915- 1916 Solid Sterling Silver Scales By Britton Co London & Blades /Tools By Atkinson Brothers & W. Green Ltd Sheffield - 13854
This is a quality made WW1 British Officer’s folding clasp knife with many blades / tools useful in the field. It has a large blade (3 ½”), a saw blade (3 ¼”), a file with screwdriver end, hook, gimlet and removable tweezers. The saw blade is marked ‘Harrods Ltd Brompton Road SW’ (The famous Knightsbridge London Store). The large blade ‘Atkinson Bros’ and the file ‘W.Green Ltd Sheffield’. The knife has heavy solid sterling silver hallmarked scales which denote manufacture in 1915 -1916 by Richard Britton Co London. The scales have slots near to the butt end for removable tools. One tool most likely a small blade or pin is absent from its slot. The other slot houses the small steel tweezers which are present and function as they should. This quality piece which is as found and un-messed with. The blades and tools have staining consistent with age, professional cleaning of this superb piece would make it even more desirable. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13854
£675.00

British Royal Navy Saw Back Diver’s Knife With NATO Stores Numbers By Nowill & Sons Sheffield With NATO Stores Numbered Scabbard & NATO Thigh Strap Assembly. Sn 13807 - 13807
This is an excellent original British Royal Navy Diver’s Knife. These knives are in use today (see page 92 and plates 208 & 209 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). The knife has a clean 7 3/4" stainless steel double edged blade with medial ridge & spear point tip. The cutting edge of the knife is sharp and the back of the blade has a deep cut sawback. The knife measures 12 ¾” overall and has a steel tang covered with moulded hard rubber which has 3 raised bands for grip. The steel pommel is correctly sunk into the rubber handle. The pommel end of the handle is holed for wrist strap. The blade is crisply etched by the manufacturer 'John Nowill & Sons Ltd, Sheffield. England'. The handle is embossed with NATO stores number 'NSNo4220-99-523-9744'. The knife is complete with its original black hard rubber scabbard. The scabbard is complete and undamaged. It has a large vented belt loop with elasticated rubber retaining band. The body is slotted for thigh strap. The scabbard is embossed with the correct NATO stores number 'NSNo4220-99-523-9745' and it is fitted with the correct NATO thigh strap assembly with plastic buckles. The straps have the correct NATO stores numbers ‘NSNo 4220-99-523-9746. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13807
£295.00

WW1 Era British Officer's Brown Leather Covered Wood Swagger Dagger / Sword Stick. Sn 13841 - 13841
An original WW1 era British Officer’s, brown leather covered Swagger Sword Stick. It has a 1o ½” single edged fullered blade which narrows to a pin sharp point. It measures 17” overall in its scabbard. The blade has some areas of light staining consistent with age (there are no manufacturer or date marks). The leather and stitching of the sword stick handle and scabbard are intact. The leather does have small surface scuffs consistent with age & service use. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13841
£245.00

Unique Superb English, 1797, George Parker 4th Earl Of Macclesfield Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Massive Deer Hunting Dagger With Etched Blade, Stag Horn Handle & Scabbard Both With Ornate Silver Fittings By Prosser London Makers To The Royal Family - 13825
The 4th Earl of Macclesfield George Parker succeeded to the title and that of Lord & Viscount Parker in 1795. He also became Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. He inherited Shirburn Castle, Watlington, Oxfordshire and 14,000 acres of parklands. In 1797 he ordered a hunting knife with his family crest thereon from Richardson of Bond Street London who had the knife made by Prosser of Charing Cross London Makers to the Royal Family. He was a keen Sportsman and died in 1842. This is the actual Hunting Dagger made for the 4th Earl of Macclesfield, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. The best quality piece has an undamaged Stag horn hilt. The hilt has heavy ornate solid silver fittings including pommel cap and ferrule. Its 12” spear point blade has just light areas of staining consistent with age and has etched panels on both sides. On one side it has the commissioned family crest with Latin motto ‘Dare to be wise’ above a foliate panel which is signed by the retailer ‘Richardson 43 New Bond St’. The reverse depicts a ‘Stag in the field’ above ‘Horn and arms’ above a foliate panel. The dagger measures 18” overall length. The weapon is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with heavy solid silver throat mount and chape. Both have ornate foliate decoration. The throat mount has a panel engraved by the manufacturer ‘Prosser Charing Cross London To The Royal Family (maker)’ on one side and the reverse has an ornate frog stud. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean but there are small areas of stable wear to the the leather to be expected with age and use and a 3” tear to one side of the leather which is only visible on close inspection. A laminated single page A4 size paper document accompanies the piece. The document has copied extracts featuring the Earl’s Coat of Arms, his family lineage and outline of the dagger’s commission (illustrated in image 2). The price for this historic best quality hunting dagger & scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 13825
£2,950.00

Original, Contemporary, Souvenir Of The WW2 London Blitz 1940-1941 Knife / Letter Opener Forged From A Single Piece Of British 3.7 inch Anti Aircraft (AA) Shrapnel. ED 2151 - ED 2151
This souvenir of The WW2 London Blitz is a Knife / Letter Opener Forged From A Single Piece Of 3.7 inch AA Anti Aircraft Shrapnel recovered during the blitz between 1940-1941. It has a 6” diamond form polished blade marked on one side ‘London Blitz 1940-41’ and on the reverse ‘Made In England’. The handle retains its post detonation shrapnel form. The knife measures 10 ½” overall length. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2151
£145.00

Original Victorian Gentleman’s Small Combination Fob Sheath Bowie Knife By Walter Thornhill & Co London Cutler To Queen Victoria With Ebony Handle, Additional Small Ivory Handled Blade, Steel Propelling Pencil & Leather Scabbard. Sn 13727 - 13727
The name Thornhill has a history in knife making dating back to 1734. Thornhill was a maker of quality knives. Thornhill traded under various names. In 1832 a John James Thornhill is recorded at 144 New Bond Street & William and Frederick Thornhill are recoded as operating from 23 Fish Street, London. In 1850 a Walter Thornhill is recorded at the same address. In 1885 The company is recorded as Thornhill Walter & Co 144 & 145 New Bond Street & 6 Little Bruton Street London 'Cutler to The Queen & The Prince & Princess Of Wales. The Company went out of business C1912 (see pages 161 & 167 of the London Knife book By Flook). This is an unusual Victorian era Gentleman’s small combination sheath knife by Thornhill most likely worn fitted to a chain on a Gentleman’s waistcoat similar to fob watches in that era. It has a small 2 ¼” single edged Victorian era form Bowie blade & measures 5" overall. The blade is marked by the manufacturer 'Thorn’ above ‘Hill’ (Thornhill). It has excellent undamaged chequered ebony scales secured by rivets. The scales have slots at the butt end which conceal a tiny antique ivory handled, steel, spear point blade on one side (2 ½” overall length including handle) and on the other side a steel cylindrical propelling pencil which contains its original lead and is fully functional. The pencil measures 2 ½” overall length (The earliest extant example of a mechanical pencil was found aboard the wreckage of HMS Pandora, which sank in 1791. The first patent for a refillable pencil with lead-propelling mechanism was issued to Sampson Mordan and John Isaac Hawkins in Britain in 1822). The knife is complete with its original black leather open top sheath. The scabbard has a silver throat mount with hinged hanging ring. All leather and stitching are intact. Price for this unusual Victorian combination knife includes UK delivery. Sn 13727
£295.00

WW1 1917 British WD Military Gurkha Kukri & Scabbard With Frog. Sn 13697 - 13697
This is an excellent original British Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 13” single edged Kukri blade with fuller & measures 19 ½” overall. The wood handle with raised central band is secured by two large rivets and brass bands. It has a brass pommel plate. The blade is stamped 'Co IIG II' with WD arrow and dated '1917'. It has its original leather bound wood scabbard which has a small brass chape and it is fitted with a leather frog with 2 adjustable long belt loops with brass studs. The frog is secured to the scabbard by leather cord. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13697
£375.00

RARE, WW2 British Commando & Special Operations Executive Pattern Folding Lock Knife By Cresta (Spear & Jackson Sheffield). ED 2149 - ED 2149
A scarce WW2 British Commando & S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) pattern folding knife. These knives were manufactured in England primarily for use by Commando’s & the S.O.E. (see pages 150/151 & Plate 355 in 'British and Commonwealth Military Knives' by Ron Flook). Some of the knives produced don't have a manufacturers name or origin but this one has 'Cresta' stamped on the blade which is a trade mark of the Sheffield Cutlers Spear & Jackson. During WW2 Spear & Jackson also made Sten Guns for the British Army. The undamaged scales are chequered Bakelite or Bexoid (white metal gripped versions were also made). The knife is fitted with correct steel lanyard ring. The single edged blade measures 3 ½” long and it is 9” overall with the blade locked out. The cutting edge of the blade has no damage or nicks and has just the staining to be expected with age. The blade folds out and locks in place correctly. The blade is released by operation of a metal sprung thumb release which works perfectly. The price for this rare SOE pattern knife includes UK delivery. ED 2149
£475.00

C1885 Victorian Skinning Knife By Walter Thornhill & Co London Cutler To Queen Victoria And The Prince & Princess Of Wales With Leather Scabbard. Sn 13692 - 13692
The name Thornhill has a history in knife making dating back to 1734. A maker of quality knives, Thornhill traded under various names. In 1832 a John James Thornhill is recorded at 144 New Bond Street & William and Frederick Thornhill are recoded as operating from 23 Fish Street, London. In 1850 a Walter Thornhill is recorded at the same address. In 1885 The company is recorded as Thornhill Walter & Co 144 & 145 New Bond Street & 6 Little Bruton Street London 'Cutler to The Queen & The Prince & Princess Of Wales’. The Company went out of business C1912 (see pages 161 & 167 of the London Knife book By Flook). This is an excellent Victorian era Skinner by Walter Thornhill. It has a 4” single edged blade which is marked by the manufacturer 'W. Thornhill London' together with 'Crown VR' (Victoria Regina) indicating that this knife was made by Walter Thornhill after the companies Royal Appointments had been secured C1885. The blade has a scalloped back edge, is undamaged and has just the staining consistent with age. It has undamaged chequered ebony scales secured by rows of rivets. The knife measures 7 ½” overall and is complete with its original brown leather scabbard. The leather of the scabbard is undamaged but the stitching of its rear belt loop has become detached over time at the top edge, this could easily be re-stitched. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13692
£395.00

SOLD SOLD WW2 Era Unusual British Army In India Kukri & Scabbard. Sn 13640 - 13640
Probably the knife most associated with the Indian sub-continent is the famed and feared Kukri. Found in several variations the kukri was not only used by the Gurkhas but also found widespread use among other Indian & Allied troops during WW2 in the War against the Japanese. In his book British & Commonwealth Military Knives Part 4, the author, Ron Flook illustrates a number of Kukri variations. Plate 465 on page 196 of his book illustrates a kukri similar in form to our example. He states that it is unknown which particular unit or troops the unusual blade form kukri was made for but goes on to state that he has seen a photograph of this type of Kukri being carried by British troops in India. This example of the Kukri no doubt used by the British Army In India is in excellent condition. It has a heavy 12 ½” undamaged single edged elongated kukri blade & measures 17 ½” overall. The slab wood grips are riveted to the tang. As is common on these kukris there are no date, manufacturer or unit marks. It comes with its original leather scabbard with stitched integral belt loop. The front of the scabbard has a 2” tear and the retaining strap is present but perished in the middle, these could both be easily repaired. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13640
£0.00
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