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Unusual Near Mint Massive Hand Tooled Bowie By David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield. ED 2225 - ED 2225
This is an unusual, near mint massive hand tooled bowie knife made by David North, one of the last cottage cutlers of Killamarsh, Sheffield. The knife is 17 ¼ inches in length with a 11 ½ inch blade. The blade has a false edge 4 ¾ inches long. The ricasso is crisply stamped David North Sheffield England. The pommel has a hybrid mythical horse with alligator skin cast into it. Both the crossguard and pommel are made of nickel. The grips are made of ivorine held on with four pins and it is inlaid with a bland silver escutcheon. The knife comes with its original brown leather scabbard with an integral belt loop. It is an impressive large bowie knife. (This knife appears to be one of a pair, one being a spear point bowie this one a plain bowie blade, stock numbers ED 2224 and ED 2225). The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2225
£675.00

Unusual Near Mint Massive Hand Tooled Spear Pointed Bowie By David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield. ED 2223 - ED 2224
This is an unusual, near mint massive hand tooled spear pointed bowie knife made by David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield. The knife is 17 ¼ inches in length with a 11 ½ inch blade with a spear point with a false edge 4 ¾ inches long. The ricasso is crisply stamped David North Sheffield England. The pommel has a hybrid mythical horse with alligator skin cast into it. Both the crossguard and pommel are made of nickel. The grips are made of ivorine held on with four pins and it is inlaid with a bland silver escutcheon. The knife comes with its original brown leather scabbard with an integral belt loop. It is unusual find a large spear point knife of this size made by David Marsh. (This knife appears to be one of a pair, this one being a spear point bowie and the other a plain bowie blade, stock numbers ED 2224 and ED 2225). The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2224
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 21/09) Superb Near Mint Large Bowie Knife And Sheath By John Nowill And Sons Of Sheffield. ED 2223 - ED 2223
This is a superb near mint bowie knife made by one of the most respected makers in Sheffield who have been making knives since the 1840s. The 10 ½ inch blade carries the J. Nowill and Sons, Sheffield trademark D* which is still in use to this day. The crossguard and pommel are made of German silver with floral decoration. The brown buffalo horn grips are held by 5 pins. The sheath is hand made in brown leather with a retaining strap and the rear is stamped with the Sheffield coat of arms. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2223
£0.00

MINT, Large Geo Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield ‘I*XL Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave’ Coffin Handle Bowie Knife With Etched Blade & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. Sn 15372:13 - 15372:13
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wolstenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wolstenholm business now forms part of the Egginton Group, Sheffield. This is an impressive original I*XL Bowie Knife in near mint condition made by Geo Wolstenholm & Son at their Washington Works Sheffield. It has a 9 ¾” long deep swept polished steel bowie blade which is 2” broad at its widest point. The knife measures 14 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife's model detail 'I*XL.' and the blade is marked with the makers name and address together with Deep etched Wosenholm Sheffield detail and panel With Wostenholm address and American Mottos ‘ United States The Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave Protected By The Noble And Brave Volunteers, Americans Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That Is Wrong’ (all illustrated). It has brass finger guard bolsters & Oak Coffin shaped scales which are each 4mm thick. The scales are secured to the tang by brass pins. The Bowie comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this impressive Bowie. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15372:13
£345.00

**RESERVED**UNTIL 18/12**WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades, Gouged Bone Scales & Copper Shackle. ED 2224 - ED 2224
This is a WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades (a similar knife is illustrated on page 136 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). The knife has 2 fold out blades. The 3” single edged blade is signed by the maker. As is common with these military utility knives the tip is absent no doubt due to use in the field. The smaller 1 ¾” tin opener blade has a thumb spur to assist opening. Both blades have staining consistent with age. The blades fold neatly into its steel frame which has undamaged gouged decorated bone scales secured by pins. The knife has a copper shackle. The scales and shackle are identical to the knife illustrated in Flook’s book. Closed the knife measures 4 ½” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 7 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2224
£125.00

British WW2 Military Machete And Scabbard. ED 2222 - ED 2222
This is a British WW2 machete made by Josh Beal & Sons, Sheffield. The blade is stamped ENDURE JOSH BEAL & SONS CAST STEEL SHEFFIELD . The brown fibre grips are secured by 5 copper rivets through copper washers and the broad WD arrow on one face. There is a hole at the top of the machete to take a wrist lanyard. The scabbard is the standard British pattern made of leather with 3 rivets securing the belt loop to the scabbard mouth. The face of the belt loop is impressed with the stamp B.H.G. 1944 and also has the number 121 with the W.D. arrow below. See British and Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook, pages 108 and 109. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2222
£145.00

Early 1900’s English Thomas Turner & Company Sheffield Maker To His Majesty, Horseman's / Coachman's Multi Bladed Folding Knife With 10 Blades / Tools & Stag Antler Scales. ED 2250 - ED 2250
This is an English Sheffield made Horseman's / Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Thomas Turner & Co. The knife has 4 fold out tools and 2 removable tools. The 3” single edged blade is signed by the maker Thomas Turner Co Sheffield. The smaller 2” blade is marked Turner & Co Maker To His Majesty at the ricasso. The saw blade in marked ‘’A&N’ above ‘CSL’ on one side and ‘N’ on the reverse. The tools which can be seen in the images fold neatly into its steel frame which has undamaged Stag antler scales secured by pins. One scale has a brass plate engraved ‘G. Dennis’ no doubt the original owner of the knife. Slotted into the scales are 2 removable tools which consist of a spike and a pair of tweezers. One end of the knife has a screw driver tip, the other end has a brass shackle. Closed the knife measures 4 ¼” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 7 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2250
£225.00

EXTREMELY RARE, MINT, MINIATURE, R.R. Middleton, Sheffield (Sons Of The Famous Cutler J.E. Middleton) Hand Made Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Brass Fittings. Sn 15530 - 15530
This is an impressive, extremely rare and sought after hand made miniature Bowie Knife, made at Rockingham Street, Sheffield by the sons of the now deceased J.E. Middleton. J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy are famous for their quality full size Bowies. Ron Middleton now himself in his 80’s states that only 300 miniatures were ever made by the Middletons and most were exported to the USA. This miniature Bowie superbly displays the craftsmanship of the Middletons. The miniature is an exact replica of their full size example with the same quality and attention to detail. The miniature is in mint, as new condition. It measures a diminutive 98mm overall length with a 65mm polished steel Bowie blade. The blade is signed on one side ‘R.R. Middleton’ (Ron & Roy Middleton). It has a polished brass grip frame, flat, waisted, polished brass cross guard with scalloped ends, polished brass ferrule and scalloped pommel. The scales are 2 pieces of ivory hue polished horn secured by 2 brass pins. The price for this quality miniature Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 15530
£195.00

RARE MAKERS, C1850 Victorian Irish O’Neill & Thompson Dublin Horseman's / Coachman's Multi Bladed Folding Lock Knife With 10 Blades / Tools & Antique Ivory Scales. ED 2245 - ED 2245
This is a C1850 Irish Dublin made Horseman's / Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by the rare to find makers Thompson & O’Neill. The knife has 6 fold out tools, 1 removable spike tool and screw driver tip. The 3 ½” single edged blade is signed by the makers Thompson & O’Neill. The blade locks into place securely and is released by depression of a small ribbed steel lever on the back of the frame. The file tool is marked ‘Dublin’. The smaller single edged blade is 2 ½” length . The tools which can be seen in the images fold neatly into its steel frame which has antique ivory scales secured by steel pins. The scales have contemporary minor cracks which are stable and secure. One scale is inlaid with a void silver shield. The back of the frame has a hinged lanyard ring. Slotted into one of the scales is a spike tool. Closed the knife measures 5” length. The length with larger locking blade open measures 8 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2245
£475.00

Large Early English Victorian Form Heinrich Boker & Co Solingen Germany Chestnut Tree Trade Mark Full Tang Saw Back Bowie knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 14878 - 14878
The Chestnut tree on the Böker logo traces its roots back to the first tiny tool shop in Remscheid, Germany. Böker tools were so successful that they were among the most popular of Germans goods 100 years after the company’s humble beginnings. Due to political strife and an unsettled military state, there was demand for sabers so the Böker brothers, Hermann, Heinrich and Robert, began fabricating them in their shop to meet the call of the market. Realizing the demand for all manner of cutting tools and implements not only in Germany but also on a global scale, Hermann Böker emigrated and founded H. Böker & Co. in New York, while his younger brother Robert pursued his trade in Canada, later founding a branch in Mexico in 1865. This branch is still in operation in its country under the name of Casa Böker. Heinrich went to Solingen, where the German tool industry was quickly growing, to further his enterprise. In 1869, he founded Heinr. Böker & Co. with Hermann Heuser, a prominent specialist in the field of cutting tools. With interest and demand for pocket knives, blades for shaving and scissors, the company wanted to unify its global presence and overcome any existing language barrier. In order to do so, Heinrich felt that the chestnut tree from in front of the Remscheid facility was an easy to remember universal symbol to represent the company’s worldwide reach, along with the arrow symbol. Despite the devastation of World War II, an ad from this time period (1874) survived showing both Böker logos. Since the business relationship between the two family branches was always cordial, Heinrich was able to use the Chestnut tree symbol for his Solingen factory, where, since that time, no Böker product has left the Solingen factory without bearing the trademark tree logo. This is an impressive 15 1/2" long, early Victorian English form saw back Bowie by H.Boker & Co Solingen (early Victorian form bowies were made without finger guards). It has stag horn scales secured by 5 rivets through its full tang one piece heavy blade. The single edged steel Bowie blade with fullers is 10 ½” length. The back of the blade has a 6 ½” long deep cut sharp saw back section near to the hilt. The blade is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is crisply marked by the maker ‘H.Boker & Co Solingen’ together with Chestnut tree trade mark. It's original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap (the strap is absent its buckle which has become detached at some point in its history). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14878
£695.00
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