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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

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
£375.00

Large American Frontier Era, Early Victorian English Made ‘Ever Ready’ Fighting Bowie Knife By Geo Bryson Birmingham & Scabbard. Sn 13647 - 13647
During the 1800's many leading English knife makers including the Birmingham Cutler Geo Bryson were forced to seek new markets overseas as far as America, India & Africa. This was often reflected in the name of the brand names such as 'Atlantic, Toronto, Philadelphia, Lion, Elephant, Ever Ready' which became well known names. This is a large 14 ¼” long, English Bowie knife By Geo Bryson & Scabbard most likely made for the American Frontier market. This substantial piece which weighs 1lb 4 ozs has thick polished horn scales secured by brass rivets with flat brass strengthening plates at the hilt on each scale. It has a heavy ¼” thick, 9 ¼” long full tang blade with deep swept cutting edge Bowie tip. The blade has staining consistent with age but no damage or rust. One side of the blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Geo Bryson, Birmingham’ below his ‘bugle in hand’ trade mark and brand name ‘Ever Ready’. The weight and size of this piece would have made it very useful for Frontiersmen as a fighting knife, hunting knife or hacking tool. The knife is contained in its original brown leather scabbard with integral stitched belt loop. The belt loop is present but has become detached on one edge, this could easily be repaired. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13647
£1,475.00

RARE, Original British Issue Middle East Commando Knife & Scabbard. Sn 13628 - 13628
The manufacture of these iconic fighting 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

J.E. Middleton & Sons, Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Polished Wood Grips and Sheath. ED 2148 - 2148
This is a superb, original, large Bowie Knife hand made by J.E. Middleton (now deceased) & Sons. It has a perfect 8 3/4" long deep swept Bowie blade which is 1 1/2" wide. The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name "J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield". It's has a nickel plated straight crossguard and polished wood grips. This impressive knife is 13 1/2" in length overall and is complete with its brown leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. ED 2148
£275.00

J.E. Middleton & Sons, Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With White Horn Grip, Horses Head Pommel & Sheath. ED 2147 - ED 2147
This is a superb, original, large Bowie Knife hand made by J.E. Middleton (now deceased) & Sons. It has a perfect 9 1/4" long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 3/4". The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name "J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield". It's has a nickel plated shaped crossguard, an ornate worked ferrule and beautiful straight one piece horn grip. The bowie has a nickel plated horses head pommel. This impressive knife is 15 1/4" in length overall and is complete with its brown leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. ED 2147
£295.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD J.E. Middleton & Sons, Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Horn Grips and Sheath. ED 2146 - 2146
This is a superb, original, large Bowie Knife hand made by J.E. Middleton (now deceased) & Sons. It has a perfect 9 1/4" long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 3/4". The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name "J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield". It's has a nickel plated straight crossguard and beautiful horn grips. One grip has a nickel name plate (blank). This impressive knife is 14" in length overall and is complete with its brown leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. ED 2146
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD J.E. Middleton & Sons, Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With White Horn Grip, Horses Head Pommel & Sheath. ED 214 - ED 2144
This is a superb, original, large Bowie Knife hand made by J.E. Middleton (now deceased) & Sons. It has a perfect 9 1/2" long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 3/4" with decorative scalloped top edge. The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name "J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield". It's has a nickel plated shaped crossguard, an ornate worked ferrule and beautiful polished white horn grips. The bowie has a nickel plated horses head pommel. This impressive knife is 15 1/2" in length overall and is complete with its black leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. ED 2144
£0.00
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