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SOLD SOLD SOLD Pre 1912 English Thornhill’s (London) New Shooting Knife With Folding Blades & Tools & 12 / 16 Bore Shotgun Cartridge Extractors & German Silver Scales. Sn 14184 - 14184
The name Thornhill has a history in knife making dating back to 1734. Thornhill was 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 original Thornhill’s New Shooting Knife. It has a 2” single edged blade spike shaped blade, claw / hook blade with serrated edge, corkscrew and hook tools. The claw, blade and hook are marked ‘Thornhill’. The claw is also marked ’Graduation Extraction’. The German silver scales have pincer shaped ends for extracting shotgun cartridges. One side is marked ‘16’ (Bore) the reverse ‘12’ (Bore). One scale is crisply marked ‘Thornhill’s New Shooting Knife’. Both scales have a small bell shaped trade or inspection mark. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14184
£0.00

RESERVED 31/8 Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Polished Wood Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. ED 2180 - ED 2180
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. ED 2180
£545.00

RESERVED 31/8 Near Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Mother of Pearl Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 13020 - 13020
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 13020
£545.00

RESERVED 31/8 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 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 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 13016
£675.00

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
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