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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

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

RESERVED 31/8 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
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