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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

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

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

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 light age related staining. 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
£325.00
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