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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
£1,745.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/9) RARE, ORIGINAL, WW2 British Commando & Special Forces Sterile Smatchet & Webbing Scabbard . (Sn 14577 Daggers & Swords) - 14577
In many respects the WW2 British Special Forces Smatchet is one of the most mysterious British issue knives of the period. Its development appears to have been around the same time as the FS Commando dagger i.e 1940-41. The Smatchet is listed as equipment issued to Commandos for D-day. While some examples bear War Dept Broad arrows no examples have been found bearing manufacturer's names ( see pages 38-39 and plate 76 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). This rare, original sterile example of the Smatchet is excellent and undamaged. It has the correct large leaf shaped blade 10 ¾” in length which is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. It has riveted wood grips which are undamaged. It has a brass oval cross guard & grey alloy pommel holed for wrist strap. There are no visible WD or manufacturer marks on this Smatchet. Its webbing scabbard has single retaining strap with brass stud fastener & integral belt loop. The sheath is clean & all material stitching & rivets are intact. The price for this rare piece of WW2 British Special Forces Equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 14577
£0.00

SOLD. SOLD (22/9 ). EXTREMELY RARE, CASED COLLECTION OF 10 MINT MINIATURE, J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knives In Various Forms. (Sn 14578 Daggers & Swords) - 14578
This is an impressive, extremely rare and sought after collection of Bowie Knives, hand made at Rockingham Street, Sheffield by the now deceased J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy Middleton famous for their quality full size Bowies. Ron Middleton now himself 86yrs old states that only 300 miniatures were ever made by the Middletons and most were exported to the USA. This collection superbly displays the craftsmanship and range of materials used by the Middletons. All of the miniatures are exact replicas of their full size examples with the same quality and attention to detail. Each miniature is in mint, as new condition. The miniatures very in size from 4 ¾” to 4 ¼” overall length. All have polished steel Bowie blades and brass fittings, seven with ornate brass pommel heads depicting Horse’s head, mythical hybrid beast panels, Bear’s head, native American Indian Chief’s head, Beaver’s head, Eagle’s head & Ram’s head. Nine of blades are signed 'J.E. Middleton & Sons’, one is signed ‘RM’ (either Ron or Roy Middleton). A variety of hilt materials have been used in the production of these Bowies including polished buffalo horn, polished stag antler, horn & bone. The knives are contained in a blue leatherette covered wood display case in which they were found. The case with hinged lid and cushioned lining has obviously kept these knives together for years and protected them, explaining their superb mint condition. The price for this quality collection of miniature Bowies includes UK delivery. Sn 14578
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 23/9) WW2 British Army Ghurkha’s Kukri With 1941 Dated Scabbard By A.A. With Embossed Ghurkha’s Badge Pommel & Frog. (Sn 14521 Daggers & Swords) - 14521
This is an original WW2 Ghurkha’s Kukri. The sturdy military grade weapon is 16 ¾” overall. The wood handle which has a black painted pommel cap with embossed crossed Kukris Ghurkha badge and stylised monogram. The curved 13” blade is razor sharp and has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The scabbard made of wood is covered in brown leather. It has a pointed brass chape and 2 small pockets for the skinners at the throat (skinners absent). One side of the scabbard is impressed with ‘1941’ date and by the manufacturer ‘A.A’. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather laced frog with 2 belt loops and buckles. All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14521
£0.00

Large, English Victorian Horseman's / Coachman's Wheatley Bros Sheffield Wheatsheaf Trademark Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Stag Antler Scales. (ED 2212 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2212
The Sheffield cutlers Wheatley Bros were a successful late Victorian company, established in 1878 at the Eclipse works, New George Street, Sheffield by Thomas & Sam Wheatley. The company’s trademark was a wheatsheaf (see page 290 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a large Victorian era Horseman's / Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Wheatley Bros Sheffield. The knife has 7 fold out tools and blades. One blade has the crisp Wheatley bros Wheatsheaf trademark and 2 blades have faint partially readable Wheatley Bros name. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The knife has German silver mounts including a void shield to one of the scales. Slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4” blade unfolded the knife measures 9” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian knife includes UK delivery. ED 2212
£695.00

MASSIVE, English Victorian Coachman's W&S Butcher Sheffield Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Coach Key & Stag Antler Scales . (ED 2211 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2211
The Butcher Brothers William & Samuel were one of the most enterprising of partnerships in Sheffield during the early 19th Century. Primarily tool makers they gained a very high reputation for making quality knives. In 1819 they are recorded as having premises at Eyre Lane, Sheffield. Between 1830 and 1850 the business expanded to Furnival street and into a large tenement type factory known as the ‘Butcher’s Wheel’ (see page 167 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a massive Victorian era Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Butcher Sheffield. The knife has 9 fold out tools and blades including the Hackney Cab Coach door key ( illustrated). The saw blade with screwdriver tip is marked with partially visible manufacturer’s name ‘Butcher Sheffield’. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The frame of the knife has an integral screwdriver tip and slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4 ½” blade unfolded the knife measures 10” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian Coachman’s knife includes UK delivery. ED 2211
£1,200.00

Victorian Era English Thomas Turner & Co Sheffield ‘Encore’ Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Sheath. Sn 14445 - 14445
At the end of the 19th century, Thomas Turner was one of the most important cutlery firms in Sheffield. The company was founded in 1802. By 1822, it was listed in a Sheffield directory in Norfolk Street. The company mixed steel and tool manufacture with cutlery, and also operated as a merchant. The owner was Thomas Turner, living at East Bank. After he died on 5 March 1845, aged 61, the business passed to his eldest son, also named Thomas. The latter had been born on 10 January 1829. His brothers, Benjamin Thorne and William Thorne Turner, also became partners. By the 1850s, the company's reputation was secure. In 1851, it won a Prize Medal at the Great Exhibition. Sometimes Turner stamped several slogans on each knife. Aside from the slogans, Turner's used the trade mark "Encore"(granted in 1805). This is a very good Victorian era English ‘Encore’ Bowie by Thos (Thomas) Turner & Co. It has undamaged stag horn scales & German Silver cross guard. It has a 6” single edged, deep swept Bowie blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘Thos Turner & Co Sheffield’ and with ‘Encore’ trademark. It measures 10” overall length. It has a riveted & stitched brown leather sheath. All leather, rivets & stitching of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14445
£275.00

MINT, Hand Made Winchester Skinning Knife With German Solingen Stainless Steel Blade, Stag Horn Handle & Sheath. Sn 14487 - 14487
This is a near mint skinner hand made in Germany for the American arms company Winchester. It has a Stag Horn handle with German silver pommel cap and ribbed ferrule. It has a clean 4" single edged blade with small integral finger guard and measures 8 ¾” overall length. One side of the blade is etched ‘Winchester’ within blued banner above ‘The Original’ and ‘Handmade Stainless Solingen’. The dagger is complete with original brown leather sheath with German silver mounts and stitched seam. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14487
£245.00

Victorian English George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Sheath. Sn 14444 - 14444
A very good Victorian era English Bowie & Scabbard. It has undamaged stag horn scales & German Silver cross guard. The scales and tang are holed for wrist cord. It has a 4 ¾” single edged, deep swept, Bowie blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield England’ with ‘key’ trademark (George Butler & Co Sheffield C1810-1952, see pages 169-170 of the Sheffield knife Book by Tweedale). Its original riveted & stitched brown leather sheath has an integral belt loop. The rear of the sheath and belt loop are stamped ‘Laker’ most likely the manufacturer or retailer of the sheath. All leather, rivets & stitching of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14444
£325.00

Victorian Gold On Silver Bladed Hallmarked 1884-85 Birmingham Pocket Knife With Mother Of Pearl Slabs & Name Plate Contained in a Clip Leather Purse. Sn 14488 - 14488
Contained in a leather clip shut purse a Victorian gold on silver bladed hallmarked 1884-85 Birmingham pocket knife with mother of pearl slabs and blank name plate. This is a very nice pocket knife. The mother of pearl is of a high quality and the slabs are secured with three pins. One slab has an inlaid name plate which is blank. The single blade is hallmarked with a makers mark "H & T". The blade is in excellent condition. It measures 58mm long. The blade locks out and is firm with no play. The knife measures 80mm, 135mm overall with the blade extended. It is complete with a leather clip shut purse, see page 186 of 'Pocket Fruit Knives' book by Simon Moore. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14488
£175.00
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