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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

LARGE, J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Bowie Knife Wood Grips & Sheath. Sn 12515 - 12515
This is a large Bowie Knife made by J.E Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield. It has a perfect 8 1/4" long Bowie blade which is 1 1/4" at its widest point. The ricasso is stamped with the famous Sheffield Knife makers name and Rockingham Street address. Its brass crossguard and slab wood grips are in great condition. This impressive knife is 13 1/4" in length overall and is complete with its brown leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12515
£295.00

WW2 British Special Operations Executive Folding Knife With Moulded Bolster By William Rodgers, Sheffield. Sn 12458 - 12458
A scarce WW2 British S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) folding knife with moulded bolster. This knife was manufactured in England primarily for use by the S.O.E. Some of the knives produced don't have a manufacturers name or origin but this one has "William Rodgers, Sheffield" stamped on the blades ricasso (see the second photograph). There were two versions of this knife, one with a black moulded bolster and one with a white metal bolster. This knife has the black moulded bolster. The grips are chequered Bakelite or Bexoid. The bade measures 3 1/2" long, 8 1/4" overall with the blade locked out. The blade folds out and locks in place. It is released with a metal sprung thumb release which works perfectly. The blade is polished steel and is in good condition as can be seen from the photographs. (see page 46-47 in 'British and Commonwealth Military Knives' book by Ron Flook). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12458
£475.00

Wilkinson Sword CSK185 Dartmoor Knife And Sheath. ED 297 - ED 297
An excellent condition Wilkinson Sword Dartmoor Knife. The Dartmoor Knife’s design and specification take into account weight and balance to provide a diversity of functions. The blade is hardened and tempered for optimum edge retention and toughness, the saw profile along the spine of the blade provides effective sawing or notching and the spear-point allows for piercing and boring actions. The blade has a grey satin bead blasted finish and is in mint condition and has never been sharpened. It has a fitted finger guard. The handle has a fitted lanyard rivet and a locking pommel nut, which when undone allows the handle to slide off and inside there is a survival tube which has a button compass in one end. The tube is empty. The blade is 7 1/4" long, 13 1/4" overall. The plastic sheath is in perfect condition and has a rubber belt loop with elasticated loop to secure the knife. The price includes UK delivery. ED 297
£275.00

Original Georgian Napoleonic Wars Era British Naval Midshipman’s Fighting Dirk With Long Rapier Blade, Brass Lion’s Head Pommel & Brass Scabbard. ED 289 - ED 289
Naval forces began to use dirks in the mid to late 1700s. Historians differ on whether dirks originated with the Danish Navy or the Royal Navy but they were widely used by England’s sea service. During the period 1780 to 1820, the Officer/ Midshipmen strength of the Royal Navy varied from about 3,500 to 6,000. Despite the popular notion that only Midshipmen used dirks, early paintings show dirks worn by high-ranking Naval Officers as well as Midshipmen. Toward the end of the 18th Century, dirks began to be worn by Naval Officers and Midshipmen on dress occasions in lieu of swords. Many fighting dirks from the Napoleonic era are found with straight double edged rapier stabbing blades ideal for use in close quarter fighting. This original British Navy Midshipman’s fighting dirk has a slim 16 ¼” slim rapier blade which is undamaged and has just natural aged staining. The blade has no manufacturer marks. The dirk measures 21 ¼” overall and has a slim lacquered wood handle which has 3 old stable secure cracks. The handle is totally secure and not loose. The dirk has a copper and brass ferrule, short curved finger guard and large brass Lion’s head pommel. The dirk is complete with its original brass scabbard which has 2 brass hanging rings. On one side, the body of the scabbard near to the throat has a purpose made hole most likely for a belt hanger or frog stud which is absent. The scabbard has just a few minor dents consistent with age and service use. Price for this Napoleonic Wars era Midshipman’s fighting dirk with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 289
£345.00

Victorian English Bushman’s Friend ‘Warranted Superior’ Skinning / Hunting Knife Most Likely By Maleham & Yeomans Sheffield With Leather Sheath. ED 273 - ED 273
Many Sheffield cutlers made small fixed blade hunting knives generically named ‘Bushman’s friend’ all with similar characteristics. This is an original example in the form we have seen produced by Maleham & Yeomans who were quality Victorian and Edwardian era cutler’s and silver smiths with premises at Bowden Street Sheffield. The knife has varnished rose wood scales with brass rivets. One scale has 2 inlaid roundels embossed ‘Warranted Superior’ and void brass shield. The other has a brass roundel inlaid at the lower rivet. Another roundel which should be at the upper rivet is absent. The drop point single edge blade is 5 1/4" in length and the knife measures 9 1/4" overall. The blade has some staining consistent with age. The blade is marked with banner containing the wording ‘Bushman’s Friend’ and is marked 'Cast Steel Sheffield' together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The knife is complete with leather scabbard which has an integral belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 273
£175.00

Victorian English Bushman’s Friend ‘Warranted Superior’ Skinning / Hunting Knife By Maleham & Yeomans Sheffield With Leather Sheath. ED 272 - ED 272
Maleham & Yeomans were quality Victorian and Edwardian era cutler’s and silver smiths with premises at Bowden Street Sheffield. Many Sheffield cutlers made small fixed blade hunting knives generically named ‘Bushman’s friend’ all with similar characteristics. This is an original Maleham & Yeomans Sheffield example. It has varnished rose wood scales with brass rivets. One scale has an inlaid roundel embossed ‘Warranted Superior’ and void brass shield. The drop point single edge blade is 5” in length and the knife measures 9” overall. The blade has some staining consistent with age. The blade is marked with banner containing the wording ‘Bushman’s Friend’ and is marked by the manufacturer ‘Maleham & Yeoman’s’. The knife is complete with leather scabbard which has an integral belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 272
£175.00

MASSIVE, Fred James Sheffield Hand Made 'Death To Abolition' Spear Point Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Polished Stag Horn Grip, Eagle’s Head Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 12017 - 12017
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was one of Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife makers. 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 is an original hand made Fred James 'Death To Abolition' Bowie. The knife has a polished Stag horn grip & brass Eagle’s head pommel and cross guard with German Silver ferrule. The massive 10 ½” spear point blade has a tooled back edge and is etched on one side with American Eagle & scroll work together with 'Death To Abolition'. The ricasso is stamped "F.W James Sheffield". The blade has some staining and light areas of pitting. The Bowie is 16 ½” overall length. The Bowie is complete with brown leather scabbard. The scabbard has an integral belt hanging loop and retaining strap with eyelet which fastens to a brass stud on the scabbard’s body. The price for this impressive Fred James Bowie with sheath includes UK delivery. Sn 12017
£395.00
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