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RARE LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION WW II ‘War In The Pacific’ 6 Various Patterns Fairbairn Sykes Etched Commando FS Daggers By H.G. Long & Co Sheffield Commissioned By The American Historical Society. (Sn 14535 Daggers & Swords) - 14535
This is a Superb, Limited Edition WW II War In The Pacific Set of 6 WW2 Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes Etched Commando Daggers By H.G. Long & Co Sheffield. The set was commissioned by the American Historical Society. All of the full size daggers are in various patterns / hilt forms of the WW2 originals. All are in mint condition with their original finish and beautifully etched blades. Each dagger is marked by the manufacturer H.G. Long Sheffield . All of the blades have superb etching with banners, battle honours, mottos and references to noteworthy events and allied heads of state pertaining to their respective Pacific battles & engagements. From left to right, ‘Victory In The Pacific’, ‘Okinawa’, ‘Philippines’, Solomons’,’Iwo Jima’ & Coral Sea/Midway island. The daggers are all different hilt variations of the WW2 Fs Classics. Including 2 of the rare wooden hilt variations (an example of this collection is illustrated and described on page 63 of the book Allied Military Knives by Buerlein). The price for this excellent complete commemorative FS set in mint condition includes UK delivery. Sn 14535

SOLD SOLD (25/9) MINT, UN-ISSUED, British WW2 WD B2 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Scabbard. (Sn 14576 Daggers & Swords) - 14576
A near mint, un-issued condition, WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes commando fighting knife. The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed and blackened brass handle which has a number 1 mould mark. It has a pristine 171mm blued dagger blade with medial ridge. The cross guard is stamped ‘B2’ with WD arrow. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs & elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14576

SOLD SOLD (19/9) MINT, Cased Wilkinson Sword Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 1st Pattern, 1st Type, FS Commando Dagger With Correct 1st Type 3" Cross Guard & Etched Panels Blade. Sn 14559 - 14559
WW2 1st pattern FS Commando fighting knives were initially produced in 1940 with large 3" cross guards but the cross guard size on 1st pattern's was soon reduced to 2" due the larger cross guards snagging on clothing. Many collectors doubted the existence of these 1st type 1st pattern knives as examples were rarely if ever seen, however, Ron Flook in his book The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives describes and illustrates correspondence produced by Wilkinson Sword dated 1941 which contains a request from the War Office to produce knives with 2" cross guards rather than 3" (see page 68 of Flook's book plate 5.8.). This superb 1st pattern FS Commando dagger with 1st type 3" cross guard was most likely produced in the 1990’s by Wilkinson Sword to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the FS Fighting Knife. The full size knife is in near mint condition. The ricasso is etched on one side with panel ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ together with crossed swords legend. The reverse has ‘The F-S Fighting Knife’ at the ricasso. The 1st Pattern nickel plated handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden box with hinged lid covered in green leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in green felt & white silk & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The silk is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend together with Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointments all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14559

RARE, Original French Indo China / Vietnam Ribbed Alloy Hilt French Commando 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 14560 - 14560
A rare, excellent original French Indo China issue 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife ( see pages 88 & 89 plate 113 of Thompson’s Commando dagger and page 105 of Fighting Knives By Stephens). It has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle with original black paint. The cross guard is correctly marked 'LE COMMANDO INOX' & 'MARQUE & MODELE DEPOSES SUPER-NOGENT'. Its clean steel blade with medial ridge is 160mm length. It is complete with its brown leather scabbard with belt loop, brass chape, retaining strap with press stud fastener and rear riveted belt bar. Price for this rare French Commando FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 14560

AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH, Original WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 14562 - 14562
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This example is in excellent condition as found and un-messed with. Its 165mm long double edged blade with medial ridge has etched panels on both sides, one side ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ the reverse with ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ name & crossed swords legend. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and an oval cross guard. It has its original scabbard with brass chape and belt loop. As is common with these daggers, its 4 sewn on tabs have been contemporarily cut back and its elasticated retaining strap is present but perished. All stitching and leather are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14562

SOLD SOLD (18/9) MINT, WW2 British Made USA Export For Special Forces Use, 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 14532 - 14532
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 89-93 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is a near mint WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and an oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is stamped with the correct 'B2' designation and War Dept arrow. That mark has been over stamped ‘England’ denoting that this dagger was exported to the USA for use by their special forces. It has a 173mm long double edged blackened blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external chape, belt loop, 4 sewn on leather tabs & original elasicated retaining strap. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14532

WW2 Private Purchase Taylor Eye Witness Sheffield F.S. Style Fighting Knife & Scabbard To 167701 Po/Sqdr Leader Carver No.2 Sqdn Spitfire. Sn 14512 - 14512
A WW2 private purchase F.S. style fighting knife/dagger and scabbard by Taylor Eye Witness. These knives were private purchase weapons during WW2 (see page 179 item 12.1 in 'The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife and Other Commando Knives' book by Ron Flook). The pommel and cross guard are brass. It has a compressed leather ring grip which is in excellent condition. The brass cross guard is oval. The sturdy FS style blade with medial ridge measures 6 ¾” and it is 11 ¼” overall. The dagger blade has some light staining consistent with age. The blade is etched on one side "Taylor Witness Sheffield England" with eye trademark. The scabbard is dark brown leather and is stitched and riveted with 7 rivets. The scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap that has a press stud fastener. The scabbard is impressed ‘Made in Sheffield Eng.’ The rear of the scabbard has contemporary ink hand writing ‘167701 Po/Sqdr Leader Carver No.2 Sqdn Spitfire’ most likely the name and service number of the RAF Spitfire Pilot who privately purchased this knife. The price for this knife and scabbard worthy of research re the RAF Squadron leader includes UK delivery. Sn 14512

Original, 1946-1949 Hand Drawn, Tom Beasley Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword 3 Panel Etched Blade ‘Hand Forged By Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame' With Original Scabbard. Sn 14526 - 14526
Tom Beasley was Wilkinson Sword's master Swordsmith. One of his outstanding creations was the blade for the sword which Britain presented to the people of the City of Stalingrad in commemoration of the City's defence against the Nazis. These sought after Tom Beasley knives were made between 1946-1949 and are thought to be advertising pieces for Wilkinson sword who undertook a sales drive in the early post war years. This is an excellent original hand drawn Tom Beasley FS Knife with correct original scabbard (see page 182 & 183 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook). The knife is in excellent condition. Its blade is beautifully etched on both sides. One side has a banner etched 'Hand Forged By Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame'. The reverse is etched with decorative panels containing 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment, also, 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45' and 'Made In England'. The orange hue Ivorine handle is undamaged. The cross guard and pommel nut retain their original correct gilt finish. The dagger has its original brown leather scabbard with gilt throat mount and chape. Price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14526

3rd Pattern Post War Military Contract F.S. Knife. ED 2210 - 2210
This is a well made F.S. knife by J. Nowill & Sons of Sheffield. Nowill's produced many F.S. knives over the years and this is a very nice 3rd Pattern knife with black ringed grip, stamped with cross keys and a star over "D" above the cross guard. The crossguard itself has 'Nowills' name and address stamped on one side and "H" in a diamond and the 'Broad Arrow' on the other side. The blade is finished bright with no markings. The scabbard is black leather. A very nice late variant of a military contract F.S. knife. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2210

Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife '50th Anniversary of Operations Overloard and Neptune' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. Sn 14330 - 14330
Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings. Operation Neptune was the cross-Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. Operation Neptune placed all naval issues under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsey whose command skill had already been seen in 1940 with the part he played in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk. The knife has an undamaged gilt finish ribbed handle and cross guard which has all of its original gilt wash finish present. It has a 7” double edged dagger steel blade with medial ridge. One side of the blade is etched with ' To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary Of Operation Overlord And Neptune. The Allied Landing On The Coast Of France On D-Day The 6th June 1944" and on the other side with ‘They Shall Not Grow Old As We That are Left Grow Old. Age Shall Not Weary Them Nor The Years Condemn. At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Shall Remember Them'. The ricasso is marked with "The FS Fighting Knife". The dagger is contained in its original green covered wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with black felt and white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14330
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