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Victorian / Boer War & WW1 British Underwood London Officer’s Private Purchase, Fighting / Hunting Knife Etched To Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton-Biddulph, Chirk Castle, North Wales. 16789 - 16789
The Underwood family of London based Cutlers began their knife making heritage with Yeeling Underwood in 1791. Henry Thomas Underwood was recorded as working at 56 Haymarket between 1822 until his death in 1860. The family business continued making knives marked ‘Underwood’ until 1925 when the company ceased trading. Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton- Biddulph, was born 1866 & died 1949. Lived at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire (the castle was built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer de Chirk, uncle of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March as part of King Edward I's chain of fortresses across the north of Wales. It guards the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley. It was the administrative centre for the Marcher Lordship of Chirkland. The castle was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1593). Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton- Biddulph was the son of Richard Myddelton and Catherine Arabella Howard. He married Lady Violet Nevill, daughter of William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny and Caroline Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, on 19 August 1898. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration (T.D.) He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) He lived at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire, Wales. His Military Service is recorded:- Lt. in Royal Welsh Fusiliers – 1885, Major with Royal Filed Artillery 1917,Lt. Col 1921.He served France and Egypt.He was awarded 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. This is Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton-Biddulph’s private purchase fighting / hunting knife which he would no doubt have carried through the Boer War & WW1. The heavy knife has undamaged polished horn scales secured to the tang by brass pins. It has a 5 ¾” single edged drop point blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 10 ¼” overall length. The blade is marked crown VR (Victoria Regina) and with manufacturer detail ‘Underwood 56 Haymarket London’. The back edge of the blade has an etched panel ‘R.E.M Biddulph Chirk Castle N. Wales’. The knife has its original undamaged, open top brown leather scabbard with stitched rear seam and belt loop. The loop has an old leather cord attached which has obviously been with the scabbard for many years. The price for this knife worthy of further research regarding the Officer who owned it includes UK delivery. Sn 16789

Victorian Era G. Burley, Burgess Street (Sheffield) Cutlery Hilt Drop Point Bowie Knife Blade numbered ‘3557’ & Scabbard. ED 2473 - ED 2473
A Victorian cutlery handled, Bowie knife & brown leather scabbard. The knife has a typical Victorian era cast, pot metal, cutlery form handle decorated with ornate scrolls. The cast hilt has an integral ornate finger guard. The 7 ¾” long, steel drop point blade has areas of staining consistent with age and use. The knife measures 13 ¼” overall. The blade is numbered ‘3557’ and has manufacturer detail ‘G. Burley, Burgess Street’ (internet resources indicate a George Burley pocket knife cutler is recorded in the Robinson’s Directory Of Sheffield 1797). The dark brown open top leather scabbard has a single belt loop to the rear. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. This Bowie is worthy of further research re the maker. The price includes UK delivery.ED 2473

SOLD SOLD (07/10) Victorian Era, Brookes & Crookes Sheffield Antique Ivory hilt Bowie Knife With 1891-1892 Sterling Silver JW & Co (John Winter & Company, Sheffield ) Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 15460 - 15460
In 1859 the Sheffield cutlers John Brookes & Thomas Crookes appear in Melville & Co’s Commercial directory of Sheffield as manufacturer’s of knives and dressing case instruments. The Company had a warehouse, workshops, engine house & grinding wheel behind a house on St Philip’s Road on the outskirts of the cutlery making district of Sheffield. The workshop / factory was named the Atlantic works and was previously the address of knife maker Thomas Wigfall. The Company took advantage of the booming American market making Bowies for the British & American markets (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an excellent Victorian Bowie Knife Brookes & Crookes . It measures 10 ½” overall with a 6” bowie blade which is clean & sharp. The ricasso is stamped by the maker ‘Brookes & Crookes Sheffield’ together with their ‘bell’ trademark. The elegantly shaped antique ivory handle is undamaged. The ornate crown shaped pommel has sterling silver hallmarks for ‘1891-1892 John Winter & Company, Sheffield’. The oval cross guard is German Silver. The dagger is complete brown leather open top scabbard with belt loop. The front of the scabbard has tooled decoration. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this excellent Victorian Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 15460

C1920’s English George Butler & Co Sheffield ‘Key’ Trademark Shooter’s / Sportsman’s Multi Blade / Tool Folding Knife With Shotgun Cartridge Extractor Tool ‘16’ & ‘12’ Bores & German Silver Scales. Sn 16676 - 16676
The English cutlers George Butler & Co Sheffield are recorded C1810-1952. Located at their Trinity Works, the Company used a ‘key’ trademark (see pages 169-170 of the Sheffield knife Book by Tweedale). This is a nice original, British Sheffield made Shooter’s / Sportsman’s Folding Knife. It has a 2” single edged blade, a 3” single edged blade (both very sharp), claw blade, corkscrew, spike, button hook & gimlet. It also has a shotgun cartridge removal tool marked ‘16’ and ‘12’ (shotgun cartridge bores). Some of the blades are stamped by the Sheffield manufacturer 'Butler & Co' with 'key' trademark and ‘Sheffield Art England’. All have staining consistent with age but no damage. It has German Silver scales and lanyard shackle. When closed the knife measures 4 ¾” length (including shackle). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16676

SOLD SOLD (30/09) Victorian Era English Form Folding Bowie Lock Knife With German Silver Mounts & Leather Scabbard. Sn 16584 - 16584
This is an excellent original folding Bowie Knife with original scabbard. It has a clean 7" drop point single edged folding blade which is very sharp. It has a folding German Silver cross guard and measures 11 ½” overall when opened. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the knife. It has chequered wood scales. One scale is inset with its German Silver blade release push button. The steel grip frame has a blade release bar. The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with single belt loop which has a buckle and German Silver chape. All stitching & leather of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16584

WW2 Era George VI British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk With Brass Hilt, Etched Blade, Bullion Cord, Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 16720 - 16720
This is an original British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk and Scabbard. The Dirk made post during the reign of George VI (11 December 1936 – 15 August 1947) has a clean steel single edged straight blade which is 18” in length & measures 23 ½” overall. The blade is crisply etched with Naval fouled anchor & foliate panels on both sides together with ‘Crown GR VI’ (George Rex). The ricasso is marked with the ordnance acceptance proof star. The back of the blade is marked ‘Made In England’. There is no manufacturer mark visible on this dirk. It has a gilt brass Lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & cross guard with acorn finials & King’s crown Royal Navy Crown and fouled anchor motif. One side of the guard is holed for scabbard retaining clip on the scabbard throat which holds the sword securely in place. The dirk’s fish skin grip with bullion wire binding is undamaged. Attached to the guard is its twisted bullion cord and portepee. The dirk is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16720

WW2 Burma Campaign Chindit Special Forces, Fighting Knife / Combat Bowie & Scabbard. ED 2470 - ED 2470
The Chindits – officially in 1943 designated the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and in 1944, the 3rd Indian Infantry Division were a British "Special Force" that served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 during the Burma Campaign in WW2. This is an original combat bowie carried by Chindit troops. These fighting knives were manufactured in India during WW2 and come in a number of variations. An example the same as ours is illustrated on page 205 plate 493 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives. AS is common with these knives there are no manufacturer or date marks on our example. The wood slab grips are secured to the Tang by 3 rivets. The grips have knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has a single edged 6 ¾” long blade with correct Bowie type tip. The blade has staining consistent with age. The correct original scabbard is made of leather, stitched along the edges and has a single belt loop to the rear of the scabbard. The scabbard has the correct leather retainindg strap with eyelet and brass stud. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2470

SOLD SOLD (16/09) MUSEUM QUALITY, RARE, MINT, UN-USED, WW1 Robbins Of Dudley Trench Fighting Knife 'Two Double Finger Stalls' Variant & Correct Original Mint Leather Scabbard. Sn 16684 - 16684
During WW1 the metal working company Robbins of Dudley started manufacturing a variety of trench fighting knives for private purchase by British Soldiers. This is an original, rare, two double finger stalls variant of Robbin's of Dudley trench knife and leather scabbard both in mint, un-used condition (see The History & Knives Of Robbins Dudley by Ron Flook). The knife has the correct cast alloy hilt with two double finger stalls (reproductions of these knives have been found with steel hilts produced for the Film Industry by American firms such as Atlanta Cutlery see page 37 of Flook’s book ). It is clearly stamped "Robbins Dudley" in the correct font on one side of the grip & the stamping has the correct flat edge lettering. Some of the lettering is correctly double stamped as found on many original Robbins Dudley trench knives (on pages 38 & 39 of his book Flook describes fake markings as having rounded edges and are engraved rather than stamped. Also forgers have not been able to replicate the correct font used in the wording). The clean, double edged steel blade with medial ridge measures 150 mm length which is longer than normally found (on page 15 of Flook’s book he describes some examples of Robbins daggers being found with blades of longer length). The dagger is 250 mm overall length. The mint, original, scabbard is brown leather and fits the knife perfectly. The type of leather used and construction of the scabbard identify this scabbard as being original to the dagger. The knife is secured with a fold over leather strap with eyelet and single brass stud on the front of the scabbard. The scabbard incorporates a fold over belt loop to the rear with 3 eyelets adjustable to fasten to a single brass stud on the rear of the scabbard. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The tan leather has just small areas of light staining consistent with storage over many years. The price for this rare Museum quality piece includes UK Delivery. Sn 16684

Victorian Era, Spear Point Blade Bowie Hunting Knife With German Silver Cross Guard & Scabbard. Sn 12514 - 12514
This is a Victorian era Spear Point Bowie in English form. It has slab wood scales secured by pins and German Silver finger guard. It has a 6 ¾” long spear point steel blade. The blade has staining consistent with age. There are no manufacturer marks on this knife. The knife measures 11 ¼” overall length & comes with its later quality bespoke Saddler hand made open top leather scabbard with integral belt loop to the rear. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12514

WW1 Era British Swaine & Adeney London Private Purchase Trench Fighting Knife / Dagger With Solid Stag Horn Grip & Scabbard. Sn 16658 - 16658
Established in 1760 Edward Swaine took into partnership his nephew and son-in-law James Adeney, who had served a seven-year apprenticeship with him. For almost a hundred years, from 1848 to 1943, the firm bore the name Swaine & Adeney, becoming Swaine & Adeney Ltd in 1910. The company had the patronage of the Prince of Wales which helped determine the firm's future direction. As the growing railway network ate into the demand for coaching whips, the firm welcomed the opportunity to build custom among the hunting and racing community for whom the Prince of Wales stood out as the royal figurehead. During the First World War, the firm produced a range of "War Equipment", including kit items made to War Office specifications. They are also known to have made private purchase weapons such as swagger sword sticks for British Officers. This is an excellent Dagger With Scabbard by Swaine & Adeney London most likely a WW1 Soldier’s private purchase fighting knife. It has an undamaged solid Stag horn handle with steel pommel plate which has a ball end. It's 8" blackened double edged dagger blade with medial ridge is undamaged and crisply inscribed on one side ‘Swaine & Adeney Ltd, 185 Piccadilly London W1’ . The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It measures 12 ½” overall. It has a grooved steel ferrule and oval cross guard. The weapon is complete with its original black leather scabbard with steel mounts. The upper mount has an oval locket stud. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16658
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