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British Knives and Bowies

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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

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

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

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

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
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