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Boxed & Cased Limited Edition (No.75 of 2,500) Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'The Invasion Of Italy' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade From The WW2 Victory Collection By The American Historical Foundation. Sn 8865:8 - 8865:8
This superb 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to Commemorate the WW2 Invasion Of Italy. Only 2,500 daggers were produced for the Edition. The dagger is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blued blade 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' (all illustrated). The ricasso is stamped with the weapons Edition number '75'.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 knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in it's original wooden case covered with red velour material. The case has a hinged lid and 2 brass clasp fasteners . The inside of the case is lined with red 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 Invasion Of Italy 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, care instructions & a copy of a messge from Lt General Mark.W. Clark, Commanding Officer of The U.S Fifth Army on 6th June 1944 commending his personnel for their actions during the invasion. All are contained in their original cardboard shipping box with American Historical Foundation label. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 8865:8
695.00

Cased Limited Edition (No.60) Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Battle Of The Bulge' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade From The WW2 Victory Collection Issued By The American Historical Foundation. Sn 8865:5 - Sn 8865:5
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 superb 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to Commemorate the WW2 Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe's defiant response & the Americans stoic defence. The knife is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blued blade 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 (all illustrated). The reverse is etched with the Wilkinson Sword London name & Crossed swords legend within a panel together with the daggers limited edition issue number '60'. The knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in it's original wooden case covered with blue felt. The case has a hinged lid and 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with blue felt & 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 Bulge Limited Edition Issued By The American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia' all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 8865:5
475.00

Original, WW2, 2nd Pattern, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife And Scabbard. 8798:17 - 8798:17
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. ( See page 55 of British & Commonwealth Military knives By Flook). This is a nice example of the WW2, 2nd Pattern fighting knife. It has a knurled handle & plain crossguard. It is complete with original leather sheath with external chape. The sheath has a single belt loop it's 4 original stitched on tabs have been cut back. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 8798:17
575.00

Original, WW2 Far East Special Forces 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 8798:10 - 8798:10
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairburn Sykes fighting klnife or dagger produced for British Special Forces / Chindiits in Burma and the Far East. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 ( see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook). It has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle and a superb, clean. It is crisply stamped with war dept inspection mark 'I' with arrow on the crossguard for the British Army in India. It is complete with original sheath with external chape. It's original elastic retaining strap has been cut back. The scabbard retains it's original stitched on leather tabs. The central leather bar on the belt loop has become detached at the base but it is still functional & all other leather & stitching is intact. This is a scarce India 3rd Pattern FS dagger and well marked. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 8798:10.
575.00

Rare, WW2, FS Cast Hilt Variation Fighting Knife And Scabbard. ED 2087. - ED 2087
This is an excellent, original, WW2 variation of the FS Fighting knife. It has a one piece casting of the cross guard and grip which has bronze colouration with light ringing on the grip. A curious feature of the construction is it's solid metal projection beneath the cross guard, formed in one piece as an extension to it and serving as the leather washer commonly fitted to FS knives. The blade which is clean is similar to the Third Pattern version but is unmarked. (Pages 102 and 103 item 523-25 of Stephens book 'Fighting Knives' show examples of these knives and described them as extremely rare). The knife is complete with original leather scabbard. The brown leather scabbard is rivetted and stitched with single belt loop. The leather and stitching is intact. The belt loop is stamped 'Made in Sheffield, England' and the initials 'W.G.C' have been Contemporaneously scratched lightly into the leather. Price for this increasingly hard to find, sought after, FS Knife & Scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2087.
675.00
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