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Victorian English Edward Gem / Alfred Field & Co Sheffield Arkansas Toothpick Bowie Knife With ‘Hunter’s’ Etched Blade, German Silver Fittings, Polished Horn Scales, Original Scabbard & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. Sn 14642 - 14642
Alfred Field began a hardware business in Birmingham in 1836, shortly after he opened a branch Office in New York City USA. He returned in to Birmingham 1854 and by 1876 has opened a Sheffield office in Westfield Terrace. The business was recorded as a manufacturer of cutlery, knives & scissors, he was also the agent in the USA for the famous Sheffield knife manufacturers Joseph Rodgers and Joseph Elliot. He died on 28th May 1884 aged 70 and the business continued under his son Harry Field between 1899 and 1913 operating as Alfred Field & Co. The business address at this time was Continental Works Westfield Terrace and in 1890 it bought the Eyre Street Sheffield address and trademarks of Edward Gem. The company traded under the names ‘Continental Cutlery Co, Alex Fraser & Co, Progress & Citerion. This is an original Victorian Arkansas Toothpick form Bowie knife made by Edward Gem or Alfred Field & Co of Sheffield. The steel, double edged ‘Arkansas Toothpick’ form blade with medial ridge is 9 ½” length. The blade has staining and rubbed areas consistent with age. The knife measures 14 ½” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side with faint scrollwork banners and partially readable motto ‘Hunter’s ????’. The ricasso has the arrow through diamond trademark used by Edward Gem & Alfred Field & Co together with address ‘No.6 Eyre Street, Sheffield’. The knife has a German silver cross guard and undamaged polished horn scales secured by 3 brass pins. One scale has an inlaid void German silver shield escutcheon. The Bowie comes with its original open top leather scabbard with German silver chape. The leather is tired and worn but intact and the chape is dented but secure. The knife also comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this knife. The knife fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14642
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (13/12) 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. Sn 14760 - 14760
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 254mm long, 50mm broad at its widest and 8mm thick. The knife measures 381mm 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 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 14760
£0.00

1912-1913 English Sheffield Silver Sterling Silver Hallmarked Blade Folding Fruit Knife By W V & S With Mother Of Pearl Scales & Escutcheon With Monogram ‘E.B.S’ In Period Preston’s Ltd, Bolton Case. Sn 15103 - 15103
A 1912 to 1913 hallmarked silver bladed fruit knife with mother of pearl scales. The slabs are made from quality pieces of mother of pearl and are clean and undamaged. One slab has an inlaid silver shield escutcheon with inscribed monogram ‘E.B.S’. It has a 2 ½” single edged folding hallmarked silver blade Sheffield 1912-13. The unknown makers stamp ‘WV & S’ is incorporated in the hallmark (all illustrated). The blade is clean. The knife measures 6” when open and 3 ½” closed. It is carried in its period fitted, leather covered wood case with hinged lid and press stud catch opener. The case is lined in purple felt and white silk. The silk is ink stamped by the retailer Preston’s ltd Bolton (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15103
£175.00

Victorian English George Woodhead Sheffield ‘Californian’ Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Ivory Bulrush Carved Handle & Leather Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 15191 - 15191
The English cutler George Woodhead is recorded at 7 Lambert Street, Sheffield in 1841 and 36 Howard Street, Sheffield in 1851. This is a Victorian Bowie knife made by Woodhead at his Howard Street address. It has a 7” long deep Bowie blade. The knife measures 11 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the makers name and address ‘Woodhead Howard St Sheffield' and beautifully etched on one side with ‘American Eagle Carrying a Sack of Money’ motif and ‘Californian Bowie Knife’ together with banners ‘I Can Dig Gold From Quartz’ and ‘Californian Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That Is Wrong’. It has an ornate German silver ferrule and oval cross guard. The contoured antique Ivory handle is hand carved with a deep cut Bulrush design. It is complete with its brown leather scabbard with German silver mounts. The chape has a ball end finial and the throat mount has a frog stud. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15191
£575.00

MINT, English Large 'Fred James' Sheffield Made 'America Land Of The Free & Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Polished Horn Scales, Embossed Mythical Hybrid Horse / Leopard Brass Pommel & Leather Scabbard. Sn 9266 - 9266
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. He began his career in 1935 at Johnson's Portobello Works & continued work at Wostenholm's Washington Works in 1956. In 1971 when the companies of Wostenholm and Rodgers merged, James began his own knife making business (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This Fred James Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife has polished horn scales secured with steel pins. The brass pommel sections are embossed on both sides with a mythical hybrid Horse / Leopard figure. It has a brass cross guard and the 9” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave". The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The scabbard is black leather with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 9266
£475.00

Mint Condition Massive David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Horses Head Pommell, Mother of Pearl Grip And Leather Sheath. Sn 14859 - 14859
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This high quality, massive hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is a huge 12" long with decorative scalloped back edge. The knife measures 18 1/2” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a very ornate horses head pommel with worked cross guard with hand tooled decoration and ornate ferrules. Its grip is Mother of Pearl. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with stitched belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14859
£675.00

Near Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Mother of Pearl Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 14858 - 14858
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This beautiful, large hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is 10" long with a false back edge, it is 1 1/2" wide at its widest point. The knife measures 14 3/4” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has an nickel cross guard. Its grips are Mother of Pearl with polished nickel ornate 'Lion' image pommel. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14858
£545.00

Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Polished Wood Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 14857 - 14857
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This beautiful, large hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is 10" long with a decorative scalloped back edge. The knife measures 15 1/4” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has an ornate scalloped cross guard. Its grips are polished hard wood secured with four pins, the tang has a hand worked ornate edge on both sides, visbile between the grips. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14857
£545.00

MASSIVE, David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Made Bowie Knife With Brass Hilt, Polished Buffalo Horn Scales & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. (Sn 14206 Daggers & Swords) - 14206
David North of Killamarsh Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives. This impressive, large, hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The polished steel, deep swept Bowie blade is 12” long and 2 ¼” broad at its widest. The blade has areas of minor staining. The knife measures a massive 17 ¼” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a tooled brass finger guard, grip frame and curved pommel. It has polished Buffalo horn scales, one mounted with a void brass shield. The knife comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14206
£575.00

MINT, Large David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Agate Inlaid Brass Hilt & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. (Sn 14207 Daggers & Swords) - 14207
David North of Killamarsh Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives. This impressive, large, hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The polished steel Bowie blade is 10” long and 1 ¾” broad at its widest. The knife measures 15” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The back of the blade has hand tooled decoration. The knife has a tooled brass cross guard and ornate flat polished brass scales inlaid with beautiful sections of polished agate. The knife comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14207
£645.00
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