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Solid Silver Souvenier Folding Pen Knife 1902-1903 Walker & Hall Sheffield Hallmarks Engraved ‘Souvenier Of Voyage By Elder Dempster’s (Shipping Line) RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Oron Emily’ (RMS Oron Was Captured By Germany During WW1). Sn 14008 - 14008
Elder Dempster & Company, Limited, was formed in 1852 as the African Steam Ship Company, Limited, with a contract to carry mails from London via Plymouth to Madeira, Teneriffe and the West Coast of Africa. Elder, Dempster & Company, Limited, was formed in 1910. One of Dempster’s line was the Royal Mail Ship Oron. Built in 1898 the ship was captured during WW1 in 1914 by Germany at Hamburg. In 1918 it was returned to Dempster's and later sold to Spain, renamed Paz de Epalza. This is a contemporary quality souvenier pen knife in remembrance of a voyage on the Oron. It has a solid sterling silver 2 ¾” single edged folding blade and measures 6" when open. It has sterling silver scales. Both scales are hallmarked. The hallmarks are for Sheffield 1902-03 and Walker & Hall manufacturer (the Sheffield based Cutler George Walker is recorded as operating as a 'knife forger' in 1845. In 1853 the firm was joined by Henry Hall of Worcester and became 'Walker & Hall' based at the Elecro Works in Howard Street, Sheffield. Walker & Hall are believed to have been the biggest employer in the cutlery trade prior to WW1. See page 284 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). One scale is engraved ‘Souvenier of voyage by Elder Dempster’s RMS Oron Emily’. Price for this knife which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14008
£375.00

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

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

Original, WW1 Era British Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With King’s Crown Etched Blade, Cord, Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 13404 - 13404
This is a very good original Royal Navy Midshipman's Dirk With Scabbard. It measures 23 ½” overall and has an 18" blade faintly etched on both sides with decorative foliate panels and Kings Crown above Naval Fouled Anchor. There is no visible manufacturer’s name on this piece. The dirk has a Brass hilt with wire bound shark skin grip, lion head pommel with lanyard ring & cross guard with King’s Crown Anchor & Rope centre piece & acorn finials. The hilt is fitted with its original cord and weighted ball portepee. The cord is frayed consistent with age and service use. It is complete with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket & chape. The mounts are decoratively engraved and the upper mount has 2 hanging rings and is fitted with locking catch which snugly fits into a slot in the cross guard of the dirk securely retaining the dirk in the scabbard. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13404
£495.00
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