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*Scarce* Spanish M1907 Artillery Bolo Knife and Scabbard by Toledo Arms Factory. ED 2384. - ED 2384
The Bolo knife has long been a tool used for clearing jungle brush and for various agricultural purposes. To this day, bolo knives are forged in villages across the archipelago. It is inspired by the classic falcata sword (not unlike the Greek machaira) used by the ancient Iberians. Sometimes offered as Span-Am weapons, they were manufactured usually after 1916, where stocks of the previous longer, albeit flimsier, pattern 1881 machete were exhausted. They held on in service until the end of the Spanish Civil War. Although designed primarily for artillery troops, it was later extended to engineers and medical services (their primary use was as a tool for opening boxes, making improvised wooden items such as stretchers and so forth).The reverse ricasso shows a five digit serial number ‘36474’. The obverse is marked “Artilleria / Fabrica de Toledo” with the symbol of the Spanish artillery between. This has led to the identification of these knives as artillery weapons, but the artillery of the Spanish Army was the branch in charge of the acquiring, inspecting, and distributing all the army’s weapons, so the mark is not branch specific. Like other military bolo knives of the period it was designed for use as a small machete to hack away underbrush to clear positions, etc, though it could double as a fighting knife if necessary. A very nice Spanish military bolo knife with bright blade. The obverse blade flat is very good with just a couple of minor age related stains. The reverse shows a few more but is very good overall. The light brown checkered wood grip is excellent. The grip is contoured and the pommel is curved bird’s head that would keep it from slipping out of one’s grasp. The crossguard, pommel and retaining spring catch along the backstrap are also good. The black leather scabbard shows some wear but is solid, the stitching and metalwork are all in place. The belt frog stud is solid. The price for this scarce blade and scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2384. (Hunting Survival)

**LARGE**QUALITY**American Civil War Era Confederate Forces William J. Mc Elroy Of Georgia Spear Point Bowie Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2382 - ED 2382
William J. Mc Elroy made all types of edged weapons and other metal items for the Confederate war effort. Located in Macon, Georgia, McElroy was a tinsmith before the war but quickly turned to manufacturing; items for the Confederacy. He is most noted for making swords but also made side knives, spurs, buckles, belts, and canteens. McElroy's swords and knives ranked among the finest made in the Confederacy. This is an excellent original large, American Civil War Era, Confederate William J. Mc Elroy Of Georgia Spear Point Bowie Fighting Knife & Scabbard. This size of knife were favoured by troops of both the confederate and Union forces during the American Civil War. This quality made example has a heavy 12 ¼” long double edged steel blade which is 5mm thick and 2” wide at its broadest. The knife is 17” overall length. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is crisply signed by the maker ‘W.J. McElroy Macon GA (Georgia)’. This substantial piece has a hand turned wood handle, heavy brass finger guard and brass pommel cap. The open top brown leather scabbard has a copper riveted belt loop to the rear. All leather and stitching are clean and intact. The price for this excellent Confederate Civil War piece includes UK delivery. ED 2382

**CASED**SILVER SHEFFIELD HALL MARKED HORSE HEAD POMMEL**1886 Dated Large American E. Etres Bowie Knife With Antique Ivory Hilt, Etched Blade 'Call on me in time of need' Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 21664 - 21664
This is an excellent, cased, large Victorian Era Bowie Knife & scabbard. The knife has an undamaged solid antique Ivory hilt ( ivory licence number LEWNLLF5) with well sculptured heavy Horse Head Pommel and ornate finger guard. The pommel and cross guard have Sheffield silver plate hallmarks, possibly applied after import from USA. The 10 ½” long steel Bowie blade has just light areas of staining consistent with age and storage. The blade is just under 1 ¾” broad at its widest and is 4mm thick. The spine of the blade has a section of brass reinforcement often found on antique American Bowies. The ricasso is faintly stamped with the maker or retailer name which looks like "E. Etres" (we cannot find this name in the London or Sheffield knife books again indicating American manufacture). Both sides of the blade have etched panels with mottos, one side 'Call on me, in time of need' together with ‘PP 1886’ and the reverse 'You will find a friend in deed'. The blade has a bone notch near to the hilt. The Bowie is just over 17” overall length. The original scabbard is brown leather with stitched seam and leather tab near to the throat. The leather and stitching are clean and intact but the leather has shrunk with age. The Bowie comes with its original wood case with hinged lid and brass clasp fastener. The top of the lid has an inlaid void brass shield device. The inside of the case is lined with padded silk recessed to fit the profile of the Bowie, the recess fits the Bowie perfectly indicating that this Bowie has sat in the case for many years. The lining is intact with just staining consistent with age. The price for this impressive Bowie worthy of further research regarding the markings includes UK delivery. Sn 21664 ( NB Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 10% Volume & Weight)

SOLD SOLD (09/05) WW2 Era 1938-1940 Nazi German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz 'DRK') Man's Sawback Hewer, Marked 'Ges Geschutzt' & Scabbard With Leather Frog. ED 2381 - ED 2381
In the early years of the Third Reich, the German Branch of the Red Cross or Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (DRK) was the main social welfare organisation in times of hardship. In December 1939, Hitler conferred a new legal status on the Red Cross by recognising it as a national organisation with some independence from Geneva. With this new status, the German Red Cross expanded its size and remit within Germany. During WW2, the Red Cross became involved in both the home front and the International scene, tracing and monitoring prisoners of war. The DRK incorporated the omnipresent Eagle and swastika with the International Red Cross symbol in the design of their own distinctive insignia. The DRK Hewer was authorised for daily wear in February 1938. The Hewer was issued from the stores when required, no personal purchases were allowed. The Hewer was discontinued in 1940. This is an excellent original example of the DRK Man's Hewer. The white metal hilt is nickel plated & the Pommel has a flattened top. One side of the cross guard has a void oval mount. Under the oval mount the ricasso of the blade is marked 'Ges Geschutzt' (Quality Assurance / copyright mark). The reverse has the DRK insignia of an Eagle with a swastika on its breast and spread wings. At the Eagle’s feet is the International symbol of the Red Cross. The undamaged grips are made from chequered black bakelite. The 10 ½” fullered blade is fitted with original leather washer. The blade is 1 ½” wide with a saw back edge on the spine that was used for removing plaster casts and preparing splints. The tip of the blade is correctly squared off to conform to the Geneva Convention of medical staff not carrying offensive weapons. The Hewer measures 15 ¾” overall. The black steel scabbard has nickel plated chape, throat mount and frog bar. The scabbard has no dents and is fitted with original leather frog. The frog is impressed ‘H’ and what looks like an idistinct inspection mark (illustrated). All leather and stitching of the frog are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2381

19th Century Beauvoir (Thiers France) ‘Blacksmith’s Pliers’ Trademark Spanish Navaja / Corsican Vendetta Form Folding Fighting / Utility Knife With Razor Sharp Scimitar Blade, Decorated Polished Horn / Bone & Brass Section Scales. Sn 21595 - 21595
Vendetta knives were used by assassins and families in French Corsica involved in Vendettas that often led to bloodshed. The Navaja is a traditional Spanish folding-blade fighting and utility knife. One of the oldest folding knife patterns still in production, the first true Navajas originated in the Andalusian region of southern Spain. In Spain, the term navaja is often used to generally describe all folding-blade knives. In Spain the navaja epitomized the concept of a defensive knife to be carried at all times on the person. The design is thought to have been first adopted by the working classes - mule drivers, teamsters, artisans, and sailors as well as by the majos, the "gentlemen of the lower class" of Andalusia. Its association with barateros, pícaros, jácaros and rufos (gamblers, rogues, ruffians, and thugs) comes from its frequent use as a weapon of the underworld, where it was often used to enforce the collection of gambling debts or to rob innocent victims. This French made folding knife has the form and characteristics of both Spanish Navaja and Corsican Vendetta knives made in the 19th Century. The flamboyant razor sharp steel blade in Navaja scimitar form is 5 ½” in length and tapers to a pin sharp point. It has light staining consistent with age. The blade has the makers name ‘Beauvoir’ (a 19th century cutler based in Thiers France) together with his ‘Blacksmith’s Pliers’ Trademark. The knife measures 12” overall length when open. The blade has rubbing and staining consistent with age but no damage. The knife has Polished Horn, Bone & Brass Section Scales secured by pins. The lower sections of polished bone have naïve hand applied ink decoration as found on both French Corsican Vendettas and Navajas (illustrated, one side very faint) and one polished horn section is mounted with a small white metal shield with etched flower device. The top brass bolster sections have scalloped decoration. The elongated ‘3 ball shape’ lower brass bolsters are fitted with a small brass lanyard ring which has a piece of old string tied to it. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21595 (folding knives draw office)

**QUALITY MAKER**Post 1911 George V Or George VI Era Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stippled Polished Horn Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21626 - 21626
Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making in the 19th & 20th century. The Star and Maltese cross were granted to Rodgers by the Company in 1764 and both he and later his sons continued to produce quality knives throughout the Victorian era and into the 20th Century at various premises in Sheffield including the world famous 6 Norfolk Street. Due to the high quality of their work Rodgers & Sons were awarded Royal Warrants (see pages 522 to 530 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013 2nd Edition). This is an excellent spear point Bowie made by Rodgers & Sons at their Norfolk Street premises sometime in the reign of either King George V or VI. It has stippled polished horn scales secured by steel pins & oval German silver cross guard (one scale has a small stable secure crack near to the top edge only visible on close inspection). It has a 7” spear point Bowie blade. The blade is clean & crisply marked on one side ‘J. Rodgers & Sons, No.6 Norfolk St Sheffield England’ together with King’s crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (King George Rex). The reverse has their ‘Star and Maltese cross’ trademark. The Bowie is 11 ½” overall. The original brown leather open top scabbard with rivetted belt loop is clean and undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21626

Post 1852 Victorian English Wingfield Rowbotham & Co Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21625 - 21625
Wade Wingfield & Rowbotham were Victorian cutlers who before 1852 had premises at 82 Tenter Street, Sheffield. In 1852 the company changed name to Wingfield Rowbotham & Co (see pages 674 & 675 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013 2nd Edition by Tweedale). This is an excellent original Victorian English Spear Point Bowie Knife by Wingfield Rowbotham & Co made sometime after 1852 when the company name changed. It has an 8 ¼” spear point Bowie blade and measures 13” overall. The blade is 4 mm thick. The blade is signed by the manufacturer 'Wingfield Rowbotham & Co, 82 Tenter Street Sheffield' together with 'Harp with Victorian Crown' Trademark. The blade has some light areas of staining and staining consistent with age and use. It has excellent undamaged Stag antler scales secured by brass pins. The Bowie has a flat, recurving steel cross guard with rounded ends. The knife is complete with its original leather open top leather scabbard with single belt loop. All stitching is intact. The leather has some surface wear in the bottom section near to its reinforced leather chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21625

WW1 Era French Navy Garreau Astele ‘Scissors’ Trademark’ Sailor’s Utility Folding Clasp Deck Knife With Square Tip Blade & Sail Stitching Needle / Spike. Sn 21598 - 21598
This WW1 Era French Navy Sailor’s Utility Folding Clasp Deck Knife is in very good condition for its age. The knife has a folding single edged 3 ½” blade with square cut tip for use as a screw driver or lever and also for safety on board ship. The blade is marked on one side by the maker or retailer ‘Garreau’ & what looks like ‘Astele’ (most likely a French surname and Region, town, or village) together with Scissors Trademark. It also has a folding heavy duty 2 ¾” long sail stitching needle / spike holed for thread. The knife has undamaged polished horn scales secured by steel pins. The price for this French deck knife worthy of further research regarding the maker or retailer includes UK delivery. Sn 21598 (folding knives draw office)

WW1 / WW2 Imperial German Army Mercator (Heinrich Kaufmann, Indiwerk, Solingen), DRGM Taschenmesser Trench Dagger / Utility Clasp Lock knife. Sn 21597 - 21597
Taschenmesser Clasp Lock knives were popular amongst Imperial German troops during WW1 due to their locking blade which allowed them to used as a fighting knife. Many saw service throughout both World Wars. (see page 33 item 123 of Stephen's book 'Fighting Knives'. This example is in very good condition. The knife’s single edged blade is 4" length & locks in place securely. The thumb operated locking bar works perfectly. The ricasso of the blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'MERCATOR' on one side and the reverse ‘Solingen’ (a trading name of the company of Heinrich Kaufmann, Indiwerk, Solingen). The blackened steel grip frame is crisply marked with the 'DRGM' quality mark and by the maker ‘Mercator’. The butt of the grip is fitted with steel lanyard ring. The price for this rare Taschenmesser Clasp Lock Knife includes UK delivery. Sn 21597 (folding knives draw office)

WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.4 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 21572:4 - 21572:4
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see Chapter 8 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle which retains its original blackened finish and a 166mm blued steel blade with medial ridge. The blade is sharp. It has a number 4 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy hilt. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard in nice condition with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its elastic retaining strap and as is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21572:4
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