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SOLD SOLD SOLD (6/10) 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
£0.00

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
£275.00

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
£1,175.00

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
£295.00

SOLD SOLD (14/10) 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
£0.00

WW2 Era British Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) With Scabbard. ED 2184 - ED 2184
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 page 127 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook). This WW2 era Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip with 9 rows of beads. There are no WD or manufacturer marks on this piece. It has a blued 163mm blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop. This is a nice original example. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2184
£595.00

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

SOLD. SOLD. (15/10). WW2 Era British Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Scabbard. Sn 13171 - 13171
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 page 127 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook). This WW2 era Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip with 9 rows of beads. There are no WD or manufacturer marks on this piece. It has a blued 171mm blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. It retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13171
£0.00

RARE, WW2 Era British Beaded & Ribbed (6 Rows Of Beads) Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Scabbard. Sn 13071 - 13071
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 page 127 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook). The 6 rows of beads Variant is scarce. This excellent WW2 era Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip (6 rows of beads). There are no WD or manufacturer marks on this piece. It has a polished 168mm blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. It retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13071
£795.00
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