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MINT, 1997 Pair Of Limited Edition Number 2901 Of 3000 Commemorative Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knives (One fixed Blade, The Other Folding) With Signed Blades Made by Gerber & Boker Mounted On Original Wood Display Board. ED 2244 - ED 2244
A development of the WW2 FS knife was the Applegate Fairbairn fighting knives, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. WE Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). This mint commemorative pair of knives were produced in 1997 in a limited edition run of 3000 by Gerber & Boker in recognition the contribution of Applegate & Fairbairn to the development of combat knives. Each knife has black Lexan plastic handles, oval in section. The brass double guard is angled away from the handle. The fixed blade variant has a 6” double edged steel blade with makers mark "Boker,Solingen” together with trademark. The folding blade variant has a 4 ½” double edged folding blade with thumb spur marked ‘Gerber USA’. Both blades have etched representations of Applegate and Fairbairn’s signatures and are numbered ‘ 2901/3000’. Both knives are secured to their original wooden presentation / display board slotted at the rear for wall or desk mounting. The board has a descriptive presentation plaque marked with manufacturer detail and ‘1997’ date (illustrated). The knives are secured to the board by allen key bolts through the lanyard ring holes at the pommel end of their hilts but can easily be removed with an allen key for inspection and use. The display board measures 12” x9“x ¾”. The price for this mint limited edition commemorative piece includes UK delivery. ED 2244
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (19/06) Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes Wood & Brass Hilt Variant FS Fighting Knife 'THE DESERT WAR NORTH AFRICA' Number 2102 With Gilt Etched Blade American Historical Society Numbered Certificate & Literature - 15321
This superb wood & brass hilt variant FS Commando dagger was commissioned by the American Historical Society to Commemorate the WW2 North Africa Campaigns. The full size dagger is in mint condition. Its blade is etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend & decorative foliate panels and wording from the motivating speeches of the war time American President 'Roosevelt' & British Prime Minister 'Churchill'. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The North Africa Campaigns The Desert War 1940- 1943’ with battle honour roll within entwined scrolling panels. The blade is numbered ‘2102’. The wood hilt with gilt brass pommel and cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. The inside of the lid is marked with lettering to commemorate the North Africa campaign emblazoned in Gold. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The case contains its original numbered American Historical Society certificate of issue & a printed paper reproduction of American Rossevelt’s speech broadcast 7th November 1942 addressing the people of Africa prior to invasion both of which were issued with the these daggers. The price for this excellent WW2 commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15321
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (19/06) Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Battle Of The Bulge' Number 2102 With Etched Blade Commissioned by The American Historical Society With Original Numbered Certificate & Papers. Sn 15320 - 15320
U.S. General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe was the acting Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division defending Bastogne, Belgium, during World War II's Battle of the Bulge (16th December 1944 - 26th January 1945). He is famous for his single-word reply of "Nuts!" in response to a German surrender ultimatum. After the Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe was given command of his own division, the 103rd Infantry Division. This mint full size 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was commissioned by the American Historical Society to Commemorate the WW2 Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe's defiant response & the Americans stoic defence. The knife is in superb condition with all of its original finish. Its blade is blued and gilt etched on one side with decorative foliate panel and wording commemorating the battle, the US Forces stoic defence & McAuliffe's legendary response to the Germans. The reverse is etched with the Wilkinson Sword London name & Crossed swords legend within a panel. The blade is numbered 2102. The dagger is contained in its original case. The case has a hinged lid and 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The inside of the lid has wording to commemorate the battle of the Bulge emblazoned in Gold. The case contains its original numbered American Historical Society certificate of issue, an account of the action where McAuliffe gave his defiant response and a printed portrait of the American General Patton, all of which were issued with the these daggers. The price for this excellent WW2 commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15320
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (19/06) Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'WW2 D-Day Invasion Sixth June 1944' Number 2102 With Etched Blade Commissioned by The American Historical Society With Original Numbered Certificate & Papers - 15319
The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied North Western Europe from Nazi control and contributed to the Allied victory in Europe. Prior to embarking on the mission American General Dwight Eisenhower addressed his troops ordering them to ‘Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory’. This mint full size 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the 'WW2 D-Day Invasion Sixth June 1944' & Eisenhower’s inspirational order. The knife is in superb condition with all of its original plated finish. Its blade is etched on one side with decorative foliate panel and wording commemorating the Victory. The reverse is etched with the Wilkinson Sword London name & Crossed swords legend within a panel together with foliate decoration & the wording of Eisenhower’s order. The blade is numbered ‘2102’. The dagger is contained in its wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The lining has D-Day commemorative lettering emblazoned in gold. The case contains its original numbered American Historical Society certificate of issue and inspection document. It also contains a printed reproduction of Eisenhower’s order which was issued with the these daggers. The price for this excellent WW2 commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15319
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 10/05) WW2 2nd Pattern British WD B2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15164 - 15164
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 an excellent WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is crisply stamped with War Dept 'B2' designation and arrow. It has a 172mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. As is common with these scabbards its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily cut back. The original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is present but perished in the centre. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15164
£0.00

RARE, Original WW2, 2nd Pattern, British Officer's, Nickel Plated, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With WD ‘Arrow 56’ Mark & Scabbard. Sn 15122:3 - 15122:3
2nd Pattern 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is a rare example of the WW2, 2nd Pattern, Officer's fighting knife. It has a 170mm double edged dagger blade with medial ridge which is razor sharp and has a knurled nickel plated handle and cross guard. The cross guard is stamped with WD ‘Arrow 56’ mark (see pages 55 and 58 and plate 122 of British & Commonwealth Military knives By Flook). The dagger is complete with original scabbard with nickel plated chape. The scabbard has had its 4 sew on tabs and retaining strap contemporarily removed. All leather and stitching are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15122:3
£675.00

WW2 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. (Sn 14837 Daggers & Swords) - 14837
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 an excellent WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is stamped with partially visible War Dept 'B2' designation. It has a 166mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. As is common with these scabbards its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily cut back. The original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is present. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14837
£595.00

WW2 British Soldier’s Private Purchase Southern & Richardson Sheffield F.S. Style Fighting Knife/Dagger & Scabbard. (ED 2225 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2225
This is a WW2 private purchase F.S. style fighting knife/dagger and scabbard by Southern & Richardson Sheffield. These knife were private purchase weapons during WW2. An identical example is illustrated at page 179 item 12.2 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 rings grip which is in excellent condition. The small brass cross guard is oval. The dagger blade measures 169mm and it is 284mm overall length. The FS style blade with medial ridge has light staining and areas of stable pitting but no rust. One side of the blade has the maker’s name ‘Southern & Richardson Sheffield England’ below their trademark . The original scabbard is in very good condition. Made of dark brown leather it has an integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener which functions as it should. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2225
£245.00

MINT, UN-ISSUED, Falklands War Era, British Special Forces 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Stores Code & Scabbard. ED 2220 - ED 2220
The 3rd pattern FS knife was introduced in 1942 and continued to be British Army issue post WW2 and were carried by British Special Forces during the Falklands War in 1982 (see pages 169, 170 and 254 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook. On page 169 a letter from the British Army Logistics executive dated 20th July 1982 states that FS daggers with stores codes identical to our example were still in British Military service for specialist roles at the time of writing). This is an original near mint unissued post WW2 British Special Forces 3rd Pattern Commando dagger & scabbard The knife has a blackened brass 3rd pattern grooved handle. The pristine blade is blackened and is 173mm length. The cross guard has the correct British stores codes ‘B1/109599’ above ‘9632037’. The scabbard with external blackened brass chape is in similar near mint condition and retains its elasticated retaining loop on 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2220
£695.00

Cased QE II Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Commando 1940 - 1945' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. (Sn 14558 Daggers & Swords) - 14558
The British Commandos were formed during the Second World War in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries. Reaching a wartime strength of over 30 individual units and four assault brigades, the Commandos served in all theatres of war from the Arctic Circle to Europe and from the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre to South-East Asia. Their operations ranged from small groups of men landing from the sea or by parachute to a brigade of assault troops spearheading the Allied invasions of Europe and Asia. All Commandos were issued with the iconic FS Fighting knife. This full size (11 ¾” overall length), 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced post 1952 to commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in pristine condition. The blade is inscribed on both sides and highlighted in gold. One side with the manufacturer's detail 'Wilkinson Sword Made In England' with their crossed swords legend and Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment and ‘1940-1945’. The reverse is numbered ‘WO32’ and has motto ‘United We Conquer’. Note there is a very small area where the plating has lifted on the blade this does not affect the overall appearance of the piece. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of 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, lined in green felt & white silk & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The exterior lid of the box is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend together with the stylised image of a Commando shoulder title in Gold. The silk lining of the case lists the WW2 Battle Honours & Military Decorations Awarded to the Commandos all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14558
£345.00
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