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Large Early English Victorian Form Heinrich Boker & Co Solingen Germany Chestnut Tree Trade Mark Full Tang Saw Back Bowie knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 14878 - 14878
The Chestnut tree on the Böker logo traces its roots back to the first tiny tool shop in Remscheid, Germany. Böker tools were so successful that they were among the most popular of Germans goods 100 years after the company’s humble beginnings. Due to political strife and an unsettled military state, there was demand for sabers so the Böker brothers, Hermann, Heinrich and Robert, began fabricating them in their shop to meet the call of the market. Realizing the demand for all manner of cutting tools and implements not only in Germany but also on a global scale, Hermann Böker emigrated and founded H. Böker & Co. in New York, while his younger brother Robert pursued his trade in Canada, later founding a branch in Mexico in 1865. This branch is still in operation in its country under the name of Casa Böker. Heinrich went to Solingen, where the German tool industry was quickly growing, to further his enterprise. In 1869, he founded Heinr. Böker & Co. with Hermann Heuser, a prominent specialist in the field of cutting tools. With interest and demand for pocket knives, blades for shaving and scissors, the company wanted to unify its global presence and overcome any existing language barrier. In order to do so, Heinrich felt that the chestnut tree from in front of the Remscheid facility was an easy to remember universal symbol to represent the company’s worldwide reach, along with the arrow symbol. Despite the devastation of World War II, an ad from this time period (1874) survived showing both Böker logos. Since the business relationship between the two family branches was always cordial, Heinrich was able to use the Chestnut tree symbol for his Solingen factory, where, since that time, no Böker product has left the Solingen factory without bearing the trademark tree logo. This is an impressive 15 1/2" long, early Victorian English form saw back Bowie by H.Boker & Co Solingen (early Victorian form bowies were made without finger guards). It has stag horn scales secured by 5 rivets through its full tang one piece heavy blade. The single edged steel Bowie blade with fullers is 10 ½” length. The back of the blade has a 6 ½” long deep cut sharp saw back section near to the hilt. The blade is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is crisply marked by the maker ‘H.Boker & Co Solingen’ together with Chestnut tree trade mark. It's original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap (the strap is absent its buckle which has become detached at some point in its history). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14878
£695.00

Cased C1950’s George Wostenholm & Son Sheffield I*XL* Bowie Knife. Sn 15372:8 - 15372:8
This is an excellent George Wostenholm & Son Bowie made C1950’s. The knife is in excellent condition. Its polished 6” single edged Bowie blade is crisply marked I*XL* and inscribed with the makers name within banner. The reverse is inscribed ‘Sheffield England’ the back of the blade is decoratively scalloped near to the hilt. The wood grips are secured by brass rivets and one scale is scalloped for grip. The dagger is contained in its original wood case. The case has a hinged lid and single clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. The white material has the makers name and I*XL* highlighted in gold. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15372:8
£295.00

C1995 Full Size Limited Edition 175th Anniversary Commemorative Siebe Gorman Diver’s Knife With Spear Point Blade, Brass Fittings Blade Number 021 Of 500 & Brass Scabbard. Sn 15349 - 15349
C1995 the Siebe Gorman Company released a limited edition diver’s knife to commemorate the 175 anniversary of the formation of the company, in the early 19th Century. Approx. 500 were made. This example is in excellent condition. The knife has a 1 ½” broad 7 ½” long double edged steel blade with medial ridge (13 ¼” overall). The blade is undamaged with just light staining. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Siebe Gorman Serial Number 021’ together with the Siebe Gorman 175th Anniversary logo. It has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with turned Rosewood handle . The knife is complete with original solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price for this fully functional commemorative diver’s knife includes UK delivery. Sn 15349
£495.00

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

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

SOLD SOLD (10/04) 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
£0.00

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
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