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British Knives and Bowies

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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 08/04) Victorian Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield Large Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales, German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 16152 - 16152
Joseph Rodgers & Sons were first established as cutlers at ‘Holy Croft’ Sheffield C1724. By 1780 the firm was firmly established and well known for making quality knives. Having outgrown their Holy Croft premises moved to what was to become their worldwide famous address 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield. Originally making small edged weapons the Company moved into manufacture of large Bowies when American & British Empire markets expanded in the Victorian era (see pages 19 and 248-249 of Joseph Rodgers & Sons By Domenech where Rodger’s Bowies similar to our example are illustrated). This is an excellent Victorian era large spear point bowie made at Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street premises. The 15 ½” long, bowie has stag horn scales secured by nickel silver pins. One scale has a void nickel silver oval mount. It has a nickel silver finger guard and a 9 ¾” single edged, spear point steel blade, on one side it is marked crisply at the ricasso,' J. Rodgers & Sons, 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England'. The reverse is stamped with Rodgers Tutonic type cross trade marks. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. Its original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop, nickel silver throat mount & chape which have some service wear. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact (similar scabbards are also illustrated on page 248 of Domenech’s book). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16152
£0.00

MINT, Large ‘I*XL Californian’ Bowie Knife By Geo Wostenholm & Son, Washington Works Sheffield With Coffin Handle & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. ED 2416 - ED 2416
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wostenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wostenholm business now forms part of the Egginton Group, Sheffield. This is an impressive, near mint, I*XL Bowie Knife made by Geo Wostenholm & Son at their Washington Works Sheffield. It has a 9 ¾” long deep swept bowie blade which is 1 ¾” 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 American Eagle and ‘California Knife’ (all illustrated). It has a brass cross guard & slab wood scales secured by brass pins. The Bowie comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler handmade, 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. ED 2416
£475.00

SOLD SOLD Victorian English Large Mortons Of Sheffield Kentuckian Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Brass Fittings & Stag Horn Scales & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. ED 2415 - ED 2415
William Morton & Sons Sheffield were first listed in directories in 1876 at the old Rockingham Works 175 Rockingham Street, Sheffield as makers of pocket knives and sports knives (see page 231 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an impressive original Victorian Bowie knife made by Mortons of Sheffield. The heavy polished steel Bowie blade is 10” long, 2” broad at its widest and 8mm thick. The knife measures 15” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side ‘Mortons Of Sheffield Knife Makers’ together with pistol and gunsmoke cloud motif & wording ‘A Kentuckian –Bold In Battle Honorable In Peace’. The back of the blade has hand tooled scalloped decoration. The knife has a tooled brass cross guard and thick Stag horn scales laid on brass plates with brass pommel sections. The scales are secured by 5 brass pins. The Bowie comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick black 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. ED 2415
£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. ED 2414 - ED 2414
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wostenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wostenholm 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 Wostenholm 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 handmade, 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. ED 2414
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 29/03) RARE, ONE OF ONLY 1400, British WD Military Issue 1951 Contract WSC (Wilkinson Sword Company) Kukri With 1 WSC Skinner & Scabbard. Sn 16133:2 - 16133:2
This is a rare to find Wilkinson Sword Military issue Kukri. Wilkinson made only 1400 of these Kukris in 1951 (see page 124 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). These Kukris made in the traditional style to a high quality with the only unusual feature being a plated pommel cap. The sturdy military grade weapon is 16” overall with a 5” wood handle which has carved decoration, white metal and brass fittings. The curved 12” blade is sharp and the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’ near to the hilt. The polished blade is undamaged. One side of the blade is correctly marked ‘51’ (1951) over ‘WSC’ (Wilkinson Sword Company). The reverse has a small inspection mark with WD arrow and what appears to be ‘37d’. The hilt has wood scales secured by plated rivets. The scales with central ridge to assist grip are undamaged. The Kukri has one of its original 2 small skinners. The skinner measures 6” overall with a curved 3 ½” steel blade with notch near to the hilt. One side of the blade is manufacturer marked ‘WSC’ below what appears to be a small indistinct inspection mark. The skinner has an undamaged solid wood hilt. The scabbard made of wood is covered in black leather. It has a plated brass chape and 2 small pockets for skinners at the throat. The scabbard has just light surface wear consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16133:2
£0.00

1960’s – 1970’s, British Royal Navy Heinke Diver's Knife With Saw Back Blade Marked ‘Non Magnetic AP 6260’ & Earlier Heinke London Brass Scabbard Slotted For Belt Loop. Sn 16137 - 16137
This is an original, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife and Scabbard. The knife has a 1 ½”broad, 7 ¾” long double edged spear point blade with medial ridge & saw back (13 ¼” overall). The double edged blade is undamaged with just light staining and scuffs consistent with age. Both sides of the blade are marked ‘Non Magnetic AP 6260’. The knife has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with dense black plastic contoured grooved handle. The knife is complete with its earlier solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The scabbard has cast manufacturer detail ‘Heinke London’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16137
£625.00

Bowie Knife & Sheath By John Nowill & Sons Of Sheffield. ED 2406 - ED 2406
This is a quality bowie knife by John Nowill & Sons of Sheffield who have been making quality knives in Sheffield since 1700. The family have traded under various names until John Nowill acquired the cross keys trademark in 1842. This kife has a 6 inch blade which is marked on the blade with JOHN NOWILL & SONS LTD SHEFFIELD EST A.D 1700 flanked with the cross keys and * over D. the knife has a brass crossguard which is secured by 2 brass rivets and wooden rosewood grips which are all secured by 5 brass rivets. The sheath is mad of brown leather with a retaining strap and press stud fastener at the top. ED 2406
£225.00

Bowie Knife By C.J. Johnson , Sheffield. ED 2405 - ED 2405
This is a nice bowie knife by C.J. Johnson who worked at the Western Works in Sheffield until approximately 1955 when it was bought by Wolstenholmes and the factory was closed. This knife measures 10 ¾ inches in length with a blade length of 6 ¼ inches. The crossguard is mad of brass with a white metal pommel. The ivorine grips are held by 2 brass pins. The blade carries the Johnson trademark of C.J. on a banner with JOHNSON SHEFFIELED below. The knife is contained in a hand crafted brown leather scabbard with a loop to hold the knife secure. The scabbard also has an integral belt loop. This is a nice knife by a company no longer in existence. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2405
£275.00

**RARE, MINT, 1990’s SPECIAL ORDER, ONE OF ONLY 12 MADE** Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield (Sons Of The Now Deceased J.E. Middleton) Japanese Form Tanto & Scabbard. Sn 16046 - 16046
Throughout the 1970’s and 1990’s the famous Sheffield cutlers J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy specialised in producing quality classic English & American design Bowies at their Rockingham Street, Sheffield premises. In the 1990’s as a special order Ron & Roy Middleton made 12 quality Japanese Tanto form knives. This is one of those impressive Tantos. It has a pristine 11 ¼” Tanto blade which is razor sharp. The Tanto measures 16 ¼” overall length. The blade is stamped ‘Sheffield’ (it would appear these blades were stamped with manufacturer detail before the final polishing process which has removed the Middleton name). It has a brass cross guard and pommel cap with tooled decoration. The handle is made of one piece solid hardwood in the Japanese style. It is complete with its near mint brown leather open top scabbard. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. ( The information concerning this item came from the person who initiated the order and confirmed by Roy Middleton. Of the 12 made most had different blade legnths.) The price for this rare knife, one of only 12 made in this form by the Middleton’s includes UK delivery. Sn 16046
£495.00

Victorian Christopher Johnson Sheffield Spear Bowie Belt Dagger With Polished Bone Hilt & 1896-97 London WH (William Holmes) Sterling Silver Mounts & Leather Scabbard. ED 2398 - ED 2398
A Victorian, English Spear Point Belt dagger & Scabbard. This dagger was made by Western Works, Sheffield Cutler Christopher Johnson & Co (see page 90 of Tweedale's 'The Sheffield Knife Book'). It has an elegant polished bone hilt (one side of the hilt has a small imperfection which can be seen in image 3). One side has an inlaid silver plate and ir has a silver pommel. It has a silver ferrule and oval cross guard with tooled circumference. The pommel cap and ferrule have sterling silver hall marks which are ‘WH’ (William Holmes) London 1896-97). It has a 6" double edged, spear point steel blade with medial ridge, marked crisply at the ricasso, "CJ Johnson Sheffield" together with trademark. It measures 10 ¾” overall length. It's original brown leather open top scabbard has an integral belt loop to the rear & stitched seam. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2398
£475.00
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