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Victorian ‘Hunter’s Companion’ Bowie Knife By Richardson Of Liverpool Established 1796 With Ebony Scales and Leather Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. (Sn 14774 Daggers & Swords) - 14774
This excellent original Victorian era Bowie has a clean 9” single edged bowie blade, German silver cross guard and rounded pommel. It has undamaged chequered ebony scales. The blade is marked at the ricasso Richardson Of Liverpool Established 1796. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is crisply marked ‘Hunter’s Companion’. The knife measures 13 ¼” overall and is complete with its original brown leather scabbard which has a German Silver throat mount and chape. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The rear of the scabbard has a riveted leather belt loop. The price for this attractive Victorian Bowie worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14774

EXTREMELY RARE, ORIGINAL, BRITISH, WW1 ERA, 'Escape Tool' Folding Pocket Knife By Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield. Sn 14765 - 14765
These rare, items are very desirable and much sought after, see page 85 item 434 of Stephen’s book Fighting Knives where an example with the same scale marking as ours ‘RD 354051’ is described as the fore runner to the British Special Forces (Special Operations Executive) escape tool. This WW1 example has German silver scales and lanyard ring. One scale is stamped ‘RD 354051’. It is in very good condition. The knife features an integral wire cutter the arm of which is held to the body of the knife by a German silver hinged 'hoop bar'. It measures 5 ¾”overall when closed and has 2 single edged folding blades. One measures 3" and is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Joseph Rodgers & Sons Cutlers To His Majesty Sheffield England' together with Crown GR (George Rex). The reverse has Roger’s trademark. The second blade measures 2" and has a thumb lug spur to assist one handed opening. The smaller blade is marked with Roger’s factory address ‘No.6 Norfolk Street Sheffield England’ the reverse with Roger’s trademark. Both blades have staining and service wear to the cutting edges. The price for this rare escape knife includes UK delivery. Sn 14765

Victorian British Gentleman’s Wade & Butcher Sheffield Bowie Knife With Spear Point Blade, Blued Flame Effect Decoration Etched Panel Monogram, Antique Ivory Handle & Scabbard. Sn 14641 - 14641
Wade and Butcher was a tradename of the W & S Butcher Co. Brothers William & Samuel Butcher started the company in Sheffield in the 1820s. Soon after they had a partner named Robert Wade who was the New York based importer of Wade & Butcher knives for America. This was one of the main markets for the company's goods prior to the introduction of the McKinley tariffs of 1891. In 1921 the American company Durham-Duplex bought Wade & Butcher and used it for the production of their safety razors as well as other forms of cutlery. Wade & Butcher ceased production in Sheffield in 1959. This is an excellent Victorian Era spear point Bowie by Wade & Butcher. It measures 11” overall with a 6” spear point bowie blade. The shank ricasso is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Wade & Butcher’. The undamaged steel blade has just light areas of staining consistent with age. The blade has blued decoration on both sides. One side has a central etched panel with stylised monogram (illustrated). The elegantly shaped antique ivory handle is undamaged. It has an ornate German Silver ferrule and cross guard with ball finials. The dagger is complete with brown leather scabbard with German Silver mounts and round locket. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14641

RARE, NOBLEMAN’s QUALITY, Large, English, George III, 1786 Dated Clamshell Stag / Boar Hunting Dagger / Sidearm With Etched, Blued & Gilt Blade Signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ With Stag Antler Grip & Scabbard. (Sn 14659 Daggers & Swords) - 14659
This is a rare, quality made Georgian Clamshell Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Stag or Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This dagger has a heavy Stag Antler hilt with heavy brass fittings including cross guard, large clamshell, ferrule and butt cap with finial. The blade is 1 ¼” broad at its widest and is 22” length. The dagger measures 28” overall length. The blade has beautiful etched, blued and gilt panels on both sides and the back of the blade featuring , Stags in the field, horns, Antlers and foliate designs together with British heraldic arms and Crown above Royal Cypher ‘Crown GR III’ ( George II Rex). The back of the blade is signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ and dated ‘1786’. The weapon is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with brass chape and throat mount with locket. The throat mount is slotted for small skinning knife which is absent. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean, undamaged & intact. The price for this quality Nobleman’s hunting sidearm worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14659

MINT, Cased, Presentation Wilkinson Sword 16th Century Form Dagger With Etched Blade ‘Presented To Albert Stone By Wilkinson Sword Ltd’. (Sn 14660 Daggers & Swords ) - 14460
A Wilkinson Sword cased presentation dagger in near mint condition. These quality daggers were often engraved and awarded for sporting and military prizes. It is unusual to find one actually presented by the Wilkinson Sword Company itself to an individual. The dagger measures 15 ¾” overall length and has a 10 ¾” long polished steel blade. It has a one piece Walnut handle. The ricasso is etched with the Wilkinson name Royal Appointment and a foliate panel. The blade also has a central etched panel ‘Presented To Albert Stone By Wilkinson Sword Ltd’ (possibly an employee of Wilkinson) . The pommel and cross guard are brass with gilt finish. The dagger sits inside a silk and velvet lined presentation case which is covered in a red leatherette material. The case has 2 clasp fasteners and the top of the lid has the Wilkinson Sword name and crossed swords legend highlighted in gold. This dagger is worthy of further research re the recipient of this presentation piece ‘Albert Stone’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14660

Original British WW1 Medieval Halberd Pole Arm Head Form Improvised Trench Fighting Axe / War Hammer. (ED 2217 Edged Weapons & Swords) - ED 2217
During WW1 Military Units on both sides improvised their own trench warfare weapons which they saw as being of more use than issued weapons, when fighting hand to hand. This excellent unusual improvised British trench fighting axe in the form of a medieval halberd head (A halberd also called halbard, halbert or Swiss voulge is a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries). This is not a decorative replica of a Medieval halberd axe head but was definitely made for use in close quarter battle. Usually a halberd would have be attached to a long pole but the full tang hilt of ours has WW1 period composite scales secured by copper rivets to allow use in confined spaces. The axe made of 6mm thick steel, measures 7 ½” from the broadest part of the cutting edge to the pointed end of the armour / helmet piercing pointed hammer head. The sharpened cutting edge of the axe head measures 5 ¾” from tip to tip and the underside of the blade has a notch most likely used to rip open the armour of a fallen enemy (similar to how a can opener operates). The overall length of the axe is 11 ½”. The axe weighs a hefty 2lbs 1oz. The price for this hard to find reminder of the brutal nature of trench warfare includes UK delivery. ED 2217

FS COMMANDO DAGGER CONNECTIONS Victorian Era Marshall Glasgow Scotland Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Original Leather Sheath. (Sn 14522 Daggers & Swords) - 14522
A nice Victorian era Scottish Bowie & Scabbard. It has lovely stag horn scales secured by brass pins & German Silver cross guard. It has an 8” single edged, steel bowie blade, marked ‘Marshall Glasgow’ (most likely J&I Marshall, Glasgow, Scotland, a firm of Cutlers dating back to 1888 who went on to make FS commando fighting knives bearing their name during WW2. FS knives bearing Marshall’s name are extremely rare and sought after). The bowie measures 12 ¼” overall length. Its original brown leather sheath has an integral belt loop and stitched seam. The leather of the sheath is intact but has surface scuffs consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14522

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

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

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
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