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QUALITY, Victorian Era German Silver Mounted Barrel Knife With Finnish Birch Handle Additional Concealed Blade Hinged Butt Cap With Heraldic Arms To Jones Of Caton Lancaster & Motto ‘Vince Malum Bono’ (Overcome Evil With Good), 2 Piece Scabbard. Sn 13980 - 13980
This quality barrel knife would have been an expensive purchase for any Victorian Gentleman. It s handle is wood most likely a cross-section of a fat ellipse Karellian Birch from Finland. The knife has a 3” single edged steel blade with hand tooled decorative back edge & the spine has German Silver inlay. The knife measures 7” overall and has a German Silver ferrule and butt cap with hinged lid. The top of the lid has what appears to be heraldic arms together with Latin motto ‘Vince Malum Bono’ (Overcome Evil With Good). We believe the arms and motto to belong to Jones Of Caton Lancaster. The hinged lid opens to reveal the hollowed out barrel body which conceals a smaller knife similar in construction to the larger knife but with solid body, fixed German Silver butt cap and smaller 1 ½” blade (4” overall). The knife is complete with its original 2 piece leather bound wood scabbard which has German Silver mounts. The wood is undamaged and complete but the surface of the leather has areas of wear consistent with age and use which can be seen in the images. Price for this unusual quality Victorian Gentleman’s piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 13980
£395.00

An Excellent William Rodgers Of Sheffield, England Ebony Handled Bowie Knife & Black Leather Sheath. Sn 13889 - 13889
This is a top quality bowie knife by the premier Sheffield knife maker William Rodgers. It is clearly marked on one side of the blade with "William Rodgers Sheffield, England". The grips are black ebony, chequered and held in place by one pin. The polished blade measures 4 3/4" long. The scabbard is top quality black leather with a belt loop riveted to the back. These knives were often carried by officers in WW1. (See 'The Sheffield Knife Book' by Geoffrey Tweedale page 257-265 and Ron Flooks ' British & Commonwealth Military Knives' pages 23, plate 29 for a WW1 knife of a similar style with a knuckleduster). A top quality knife in excellent condition by a premier Sheffield maker. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13889
£345.00

Edwardian 1901-1910 Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ebony Handled Bowie Knife & Black Leather Sheath. Sn 13888 - 13888
This is a beautifully marked bowie knife by the premier Sheffield knife maker of the Victorian and Edwardian era. It is clearly marked on one side of the 5 3/4" long polished blade with "E.R." and a Crown over "J. Rodgers & Sons, 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England" denoting manufacture in the Edwardian era of 1901-1910. The other side of the blade carries the corporate mark of an asterisk and a Maltese Cross. The grips are black ebony, chequered and held in place by one pin. The scabbard is top quality black leather with a belt loop riveted to the back. These knives were often carried by officers in WW1. (See 'The Sheffield Knife Book' by Geoffrey Tweedale page 257-265 and Ron Flooks ' British & Commonwealth Military Knives' pages 23, plate 29 for a WW1 knife of a similar style with a knuckleduster). A top quality knife in excellent condition by a premier Sheffield maker. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13888
£395.00

RARE, WW2 British Middle East Brass 'Deaths' Head' Knuckle Guard Commando Knife & Scabbard. With provenance. Sn 13874 - 13874
This dagger was issued to Leonard William Morris who served with the Durham Light Infantry before transferring to the Airbourne Division and in the latter part of WW2 served in the far east fighting the Japanese. It was given by him to his nephew from whom we acquired it. The manufacture of these 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. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price for this piece of British Commando history includes UK delivery. Sn 13874
£1,675.00

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

SOLD SOLD SOLD 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 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
£3,450.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD 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
£0.00

SOLD SOLD 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
£0.00
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