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MINT, Arthur Wright & Son, Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Grips & Sheath. Sn 13392 - 13392
Founded in 1947, Arthur Wrights is a traditional Sheffield Pen and Pocket knife manufacturer. All of their knives are hand made using methods passed down from generation to generation. This is a near mint large Bowie Knife hand made by Arthur Wright & Son. It has a perfect 6" long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ½” with decorative scalloped top edge. The tang edges have attractive geometric tooled decoration. The blade is stamped with the famous Knife makers name on one side and the other side with their trademark combined ‘AW&S’ (all illustrated). It has a scalloped brass cross guard and attractive polished Stag Horn scales secured by brass rivets. This impressive knife is 10 ½” in length overall and is complete with its black leather sheath with belt loop & retaining strap with press stud fastener. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 13392
£245.00

WW1 1916 & WW2 1943 Re Issued British WD Military Kukri & Scabbard. Sn 13391 - 13391
This is an original British Military Kukri. It has a 13 ½” single edged Kukri blade with fuller & measures 18 ¼” overall. The wood handle with raised central band is secured by two large rivets and it has a steel pommel plate. The blade is stamped 'Co II G II’ together with WD arrow and dates '1916’ above ‘43’ (1943) indicating originginal issue during Ww1 in 1916 and re issue for WW2 use in 1943. It has its original wood lined, leather scabbard. The scabbard is undamaged. All leather and stitching of scabbard is intact with just light surface scuffs consistent with age and service use. The Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13391
£295.00

David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Mother of Pearl Inlay Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 13016 - 13016
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 top 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 grip is polished nickel with mother of pearl inlay on both sides. The grips are unusual and very nicely finished as you would expect from David North. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with intergral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13017
£595.00

Massive David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Horses Head Crossguard & Pommell with Leather Sheath. Sn 13018 - 13018
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 11 3/4" long with decorative scalloped top edge. The knife measures 18” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a very ornate two horse head cross guard with hand tooled decoration and ornate ferrule. Its grip is polished buffalo horn and is topped with an ornate horses head pommel. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with stitched belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13018
£595.00

C1980’s- 1990’s Hand Made Rose Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes Pattern Commemorative Commando Fighting Knife By Quality Cutler Stuart Mitchell Of The Company Pat Mitchell, Sheffield With Stainless Steel Blade & Scabbard. Sn 13172 - 13172
An excellent hand made FS pattern dagger and scabbard made C1980 / 90’s. These knives were made by the Sheffield Cutler Stuart Mitchell to commemorate the WW2 FS dagger. The family business was named after Stuart’s Mother ‘Pat’ who in the 1970’s made knives with her husband in Sheffield. An advertisement from the 80’s-90’s promoting these quality knives is illustrated in image 2. The hilt is grooved rose wood with an oval brass cross guard and pommel cap. It has a 172mm polished stainless steel dagger blade with medial ridge which is marked by the manufacturer (illustrated inset in image 2). The blade is razor sharp. It comes with its black leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap and sewn on leather tabs. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price for this quality commemorative FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 13172
£295.00

Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield (Sons Of J.E. Middleton) Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle, Eagle's Head Pommel & Sheath. ED 2114 - ED 2114 / 13046
This is an impressive original Large Bowie Knife made in Sheffield by Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield sons of J.E. Middleton. It has a perfect 9” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ¾” at its widest edge. The back of the blade has scalloped tool work. The knife measures 14 ½” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'R.R. Middleton, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and dramatic stylised Eagle's Head pommel. The handle is made of beautifully curved Stag horn and it is complete with its black leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop impressed ‘RM’. All stitching & leather of the sheath are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2114
£295.00

RARE, Lady Wernher WW1 1915 Xmas (Christmas) Gift, 12th Lancers Folding Military Utility Knife Number 533 By Isaac Ellis & Sons Ltd Primus Works Sheffield With Nickel Silver Engraved Scales. Sn 12893 - 12893
Early in WW1 a public fund backed by Princess Mary began sending brass Christmas gift boxes containing a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate to British troops serving at Christmas 1914. Princess Mary’s initiative led to other aristocracy becoming involved sending gifts to British troops at Christmas during WW1. Often they would send gifts to Regiments that had a connection to their family. This historically interesting piece is a Lady Wernher 12th Lancers 533 Xmas 1915 folding military / utility knife by Isaac Ellis & Sons Ltd Primus Works Sheffield (from "Tweedale's Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2010" by Geoffrey Tweedale, Isaac Ellis & Sons Ltd. had a factory called 'Primus Works' on Bridge Street, Sheffield & that they owned the "PRIMUS" trademark). Sir Julius & Lady Alice Wernher had 3 sons, the eldest Harold Augustus was commissioned into the 12th Lancers in 1912, so it is not difficult to imagine that the Lord & Lady would have been partial to contributing to the betterment of the lot of their son, his fellow officers & others in his Regiment. We know that in 1914 the Wernhers used "Ingersoll Midget" watches as Christmas gifts to the Lancers & in 1915 it was military style pocket knives. This example measures 4” length when closed. This design is typical for a military style utility knife of those made by many Sheffield cutlers from around 1900 onwards. This knife has 6 functions: Spike (or punch), Corkscrew, Button Hook, 2” blade, 2 ¾” blade and 1 ½” blade/ can opener with thumb spur.The large blade is marked ‘Primus’ & ‘I. Ellis & Sons’. The hook is marked ‘Primus’ & ‘Sheffield’. The scales are nickel silver, the blades are undamaged but have staining consistent with age. Both scales are engraved, one side "FROM LADY WERNHER XMAS 1915" & on the other "12TH LANCERS - 533". The 9th/12th Royal Lancers museum in Derby has one example of these Lady Wernher Xmas Knives. Price for this knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 12893
£495.00

WW1 Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Bowie Trench Fighting Knife With Ebony Handle & German Silver Fittings Blade Marked With Kings Crown ‘GR’ By Rodgers & Sons Sheffield With Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12569 - 12569
Joseph Rodgers is perhaps rivalled only by George Wostenholm in terms of its importance to Sheffield cutlery and its fame around the world. The mark of The Star and Maltese Cross was registered by the Rodgers Company in 1764. With increasing business in what is thought to have been exclusively Pocket Knives, in around 1780, the firm moved to larger premises at No. 6 Norfolk Street. Eventually, as Rodgers expanded, it would acquire surrounding property until the famous Norfolk Street Works occupied the entire plot. Joseph Rodgers’ success is evident in the firm’s appointment to five successive sovereigns - George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward II and George V. Rodgers & Sons made popular private purchase weapons during WW1 including trench daggers. This a is an original WW1 era British Officer’s private purchase trench fighting knife by Joseph Rodgers & Sons with its original leather scabbard. It has an ebony handle which has a deep chequered design. The pommel has a small, old, stable chip. It has a German Silver ferrule and finger guard. It’s slim, clean, 6 ¾” single edged, Bowie shaped steel blade is marked ‘J. Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk St, Sheffield, England’ together with Kings Crown and ‘GR’ (George Rex) and the reverse with Star and Maltese Cross trademark. The knife measures 11” overall length. Its original brown leather scabbard has a riveted integral belt loop and retaining strap with small buckle. The top 2 rivets on the rear of the scabbard which form the belt loop are absent but an old contemporary repair secures the top of the belt loop to the scabbard body. The rivets could easily be replaced. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12569
£795.00

WW1 Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Bowie Trench Fighting Knife By Chas Clements London & Leather Scabbard. Sn 12519:1 - 12519:1
Chas Clements were a long established firm of WW1 era cutlery retailers based in London. Clements made popular private purchase weapons during WW1 including trench daggers & knuckle knives (See pages 19 & 20 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). This a is an original WW1 era British Officer’s private purchase trench fighting knife by Clements with its original leather scabbard. It has an ebony handle which has a deep chequered design. The pommel has an exposed brass stud. It has a German Silver ferrule at the hilt and a slim undamaged 4 ¾” single edged, Bowie shaped steel blade, marked ‘Chas Clements’. The knife measures 9 ¾” overall length. Its original brown leather scabbard has belt loop to the rear which also acts as a retaining strap for the knife (an eyelet at the end of the retaining strap fastens to the stud in the pommel of the knife and keeps it securely in the scabbard). A small area of stitching at the throat of the scabbard which forms the lower end of the strap into a belt loop is missing but this could easily be replaced. All leather of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12519:1
£425.00

Late Victorian Masonic Knife With Ebony Handle Inlaid With Mother Of Pearl Studs By Henry Hobson & Sons Sheffield Blade Engraved ‘Masonic Lodge No 51’ & Leather Sheath. Sn 12516:1 - 12516:1
Henry Hobson & Sons were Sheffield based cutlers. The business was established in Sheffield by Henry Hobson in 1845. A London branch was opened in 1852 and later styled George Hobson & Sons. Their Queen Street factory moved to Carver Street (1901) and then to Eyre Lane, Sheffield (1912). This is an attractive sheath knife by Hobson & Sons with sheath in late Victorian form. It has an ebony handle with raised edges inlaid with mother of pearl studs. It has a German Silver cross guard and a 5” spear point blade with medial ridge. The blade has staining consistent with age but no damage. The blade has a later applied engraving ‘Masonic Lodge No 51’. The knife measures 9” overall length. Its original brown leather open top sheath has a stitched seam and single belt loop. All leather & stitching of the sheath are intact. Price for this knife by a quality Sheffield maker with Masonic connections includes UK delivery. Sn 12516:1
£395.00
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