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WW2 British Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando Fighting Knife With 13 Ridge Grooved Grip & Contemporarily Adapted Scabbard Thigh Straps Carried By RAF Pilot Officer Silver During The Burma Campaign Obtained Direct From The Officer’s Family - 14006
This is an original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and scabbard, see pages 133 to 137 and plates 9.24 (13 ridge grip) and 9.25 (16 ridge Grip) of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook which illustrated wood handled FS daggers similar to ours. In his book page 133, plate 9.22 Flook references the use of wood handled FS daggers by WW2 Pilot’s with a contemporary image of a Pilot carrying a 3rd pattern type wood hilt FS dagger while being debriefed at an airfield in France shortly after D day June 1944. This particular knife was carried by RAF Pilot Officer Silver during missions he flew in the WW2 Burma / India campaign and was recently obtained direct from the Officer’s family. The hilt is correctly made of black painted wood with 13 ridge grooved grip, rounded pommel brass pommel nut and an oval blackened steel cross guard. It has a 156mm double edged blackened dagger blade with medial ridge and is in its original leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap, blackened brass chape and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The tabs have been contemporarily adapted for carry in a cockpit or fuselage of an aircraft by the addition of webbing straps with buckles for thigh wear. All leather, webbing & stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price for this WW2 RAF Pilot’s FS Dagger worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14006
£475.00

MINT, Cased, WW2 Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Army Commandos 1940-45' By Frank Mills & Co Ltd Hanover Works Sheffield With Etched Blade. Sn 14002 - 14002
The British Commandos were formed in the early stages of 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 war time 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 attractive 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in near mint condition. It has a blued blade etched on both sides with gilt panels containing Commando mottos & images celebrating the Commando’s valour & ethos (all illustrated) including an image of the Victoria Cross and ‘THE ARMY COMMANDOS 1940-45. The ricasso of one side is etched with the manufacturer's panel ‘Frank Mills & Co Ltd Est 1886 Hanover Works Sheffield England’. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger is contained in its quality wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt & padded silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and has elasticated retaining straps to keep the dagger securely in place. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14002
£395.00

WW2 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2101 - ED 2101
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 very good 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 a War Dept arrow. It has a 169mm long double edged blackened blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external chape. As is common with these scabbards the belt loop & its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily removed. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2101
£575.00

WW2 Era British Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Scabbard. ED 2100 - ED 2100
The Beaded & Ribbed variant of the Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting knife was available as a private purchase weapon but were also Military issue. Beaded & Ribbed versions have been found with, 9,8,7 & 6 rows of beads (see pages 64 & 65 of British & Commonwealth Military knives By Flook and page 130 of his book The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives). This WW2 era Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a blackened brass beaded and ribbed grip (9 rows of beads). There are no WD or manufacturer marks on this piece. It has a blackened 168mm blade with medial ridge. The blade has some service wear near to the hilt. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. As is common with these scabbards the belt loop has been contemporarily removed. It retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2100
£475.00

Cased, British Royal Green Jackets Commemorative 3rd Pattern Etched Blade Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife By FE & JR Hopkinson Ltd Sheffield England. Sn 12761 - 12761
The Royal Green Jackets were formed on 1 January 1966. During the 1980s, they were deployed to various parts of Northern Ireland (Operation Banner). The Regiment's greatest loss of life came on 20 July 1982 when seven RGJ bandsmen were killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb which exploded during a public concert. After reorganisation in 1982, the RGJ were mostly based overseas and saw action in Bosnia and Kosovo during the Yugoslav Wars. Elements of the RGJ served on Operation Telic 2 in Iraq. On 1st February 2007 the RGJ formed merged with other Regiments to become ‘The Rifles’. This is a cased 3rd Pattern Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife produced to commemorate the Royal Green Jackets.The knife has an undamaged alloy ribbed handle and cross guard which has much 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 within scrolls ‘Royal green Jackets’ together with Regiment badge and other side etched with the representation of an RGJ Soldier & War Dept Broad arrow. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer ‘FE & JR Hopkinson Ltd Sheffield England’ with Shield trademark. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with maroon felt & white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12761
£275.00

Original WW2 2nd Pattern Private Purchase Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Etched Panel To ‘H.A.F. Williamson’ & Scabbard. ED 2090 - ED 2090
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is excellent condition WW2 2nd pattern FS dagger and scabbard. This example is a Soldiers private purchase weapon. Its 164mm long double edged blackened blade with medial ridge has an etched banner on one side with name ‘H.A.F. Williamson’ no doubt the name of the WW2 Soldier who owned this dagger. Examples of private purchase FS daggers with etched panels are illustrated on pages 100 & 101 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and an oval cross guard. Its original scabbard with blackened brass chape and belt loop retains 2 of its original 4 sewn on tabs. As is common with these scabbards its elasticated retaining strap is present but perished. All stitching and leather are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2090
£895.00

MINT, Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'WW2 The Invasion Of Italy' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. Sn 12518:5 - 12518:5
This superb 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued to Commemorate the WW2 Invasion Of Italy. The full size dagger is in pristine condition. Its blade is etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend & decorative foliate panels and wording 'Strike Hard & Strike Home' together with the names of the war time American president 'Roosevelt' & British Prime Minister 'Churchill'. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Invasion of Italy 14 May 1943, 2 May 1945' with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original nickel plated finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt & white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 12518:5
£345.00

MINT Cased Commemorative 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'WW2 The Battle Of The Rhineland' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. Sn 12518:2 - 12518:2
This superb Sterling Silver 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued to commemorate the WW2 ‘Battle Of The Rhineland’. The full size dagger is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blade etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend together with a depiction of the Remagen Bridge over the River Rhine. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Battle Of The Rhineland’ with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The ribbed handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original nickel plated finish. The dagger is contained in its wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with green felt and white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 12518:2
£345.00

MINT Boxed & Cased Limited Edition No.75 of 2,500 Commemorative 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'The Battle Of The Rhineland' By Wilkinson Sword From The Sterling Silver WW2 Victory Collection By The American Historical Foundation. ED 251 - ED 251
This superb Sterling Silver 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to as part of their 'WW2 Victory Collection' to commemorate the WW2 Battle Of The Rhineland. Only 2,500 daggers were produced for the Edition. The full size dagger is 11 3/4" overall length and is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blade etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend together with a depiction of the Remagen Bridge over the River Rhine. The ricasso is stamped with the weapons Edition number '75'. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Battle Of The Rhineland’ with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with grey velour material. The case has a hinged lid and 2 brass clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with grey velour & white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and the silk interior has the wording 'The World War II Victory Collection, The Battle Of The Rhineland Limited Edition Issued By The American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia' all in Gold. Also included is the daggers' certificate of Authenticity issued by the Foundation certifying the dagger as number 75 of 2,500 Worldwide & stating that the knife is ‘Solid Sterling Silver’ together with care instructions. All are contained in their original cardboard shipping box with American Historical Foundation label. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. ED 251
£875.00

Presentation 3rd Pattern F.S. Commando Dagger With Inscribed Plaque To Staff Sgt Pete Hobson 29 Cdo Lt. Regt. RA 1972 and Two Plaques and a N.I. Presentation Tankard. Sn 11412 - 11412
A Presentation 3rd Pattern F.S. Commando dagger with inscribed plaque, two regimental plaques to Commando Light Regiment Royal Artillery and a N.I. presentation tankard inscribed on the rear with "D Troop Strabane N.I. Tour 92". The presentation mounted F.S. dagger is on a varnished teak triangular shaped plaque and is a 3rd pattern knife. The knife is in perfect condition and is blackened. The plaque has a brass inscribed plate which has "Presented to S/Sgt (Pete) Hobson From The Sergeants Mess 29 Cdo Lt Regt RA 1972" inscribed on it. The plaque and knife are in excellent undamaged condition. The two further plaques are:- Commando Light Battery Royal Artillery with the Queens Crown VIII and the Regimental Crest, 'Alma 1854", the second, has "7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery Royal Artillery, Egypt". It has a very nice blue enamelled panel in the centre, brass edged and with the Sphinx picked out in brass with 'Egypt' below. Both plaques are in perfect condition and ready for hanging for display. The tankard is Sheffield Pewter and has the Commando Light Battery crest raised on the front with the motto in a banner. On the reverse it is inscribed with "D Troop Stabane N.I. Tour 92". This is a very nice presentation collection of one mans service in the commando's. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11412
£375.00
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