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**RARE**Limited Edition One Of Only 400**Cased, WW2 Commemorative Wilkinson Sword Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'United We Conquer 1940-1945' With Etched Blade. Sn 21466 - 21466
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 full size (11 ½” overall) 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced post WW2 by Wilkinson Sword in a Limited Edition of 400 blades for the American market & 500 for the British & Canadian markets to Commemorate the British Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945 (see page 97 items 482 & 483 of the book ‘Fighting Knives’ by Stephens). The knife is in excellent condition. It has a blued blade etched on both sides, one side ‘United We Conquer 1940-1945’. The reverse with panel of foliate decoration. The ricasso of one side is etched with the Wilkinson Sword manufacturer's panel & QEII Royal Appointment. The reverse has Wilkinson name & Royal appointment together with ‘US’ indicating this is one of the 400 blades made for the American market (there is no visible blade production number). The ribbed 3rd pattern handle and cross guard retain their original blue finish. The dagger is contained in its later quality made leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with green felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this rare, limited edition FS includes UK delivery. Sn 21466

WW1 Era German Philipp Schmid Nurnberg Trench/Fighting Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21465 - 21465
This is an excellent original WW1 era German trench / fighting knife and leather scabbard. The knife has excellent undamaged solid Stag antler scales each secured by 3 steel pins (see page 38 item 162 of Stephen's book 'Fighting Knives' where a similar un-named variant made pre WW1 is illustrated). The dagger is full tang with integral small finger guard. The single edged steel blade is 5” length. The undamaged blade has some areas of light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked on one side by the manufacturer or retailer ‘Philipp Schmid Nurnberg’. It is just under 10” overall length. The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with steel throat mount and chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21465

French Model 1833 Naval Boarding Dirk / Fighting Knife With Naval Anchor & Other Inspection Marks, Triangular Section Blade & Scabbard. Sn 21464 - 21464
These dirks were carried by French Navy boarding parties when attacking enemy ships. They were normally carried as a back up to a cutlass, axe or pike. Many of these weapons found their way into the Union and Confederate Navies before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Our example of the M 1833 dirk is in excellent condition. It has the correct, clean, 6 ¾” triangular section blade. The blade has a small inspection mark (illustrated). Its wood handle has no damage and correct pommel nut with fixed lanyard ring. The brass finger guard has crisp Naval ‘anchor’ and other inspection marks (all illustrated). The dirk is contained in its triangular form steel scabbard with brass chape The throat of the scabbard has a leather tab with eyelet for belt or uniform attachment. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21464 (fighting knives box)

British Wostenholm Sheffield IXL Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2503. - ED 2503
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wostenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wostenholm business now forms part of the Egginton Group, Sheffield. This is an excellent Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife by Wostenholm. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate tooled brass finger guard and pommel bolsters. One finger guard bolster is marked ‘Wostenholm IXL Sheffield England’, the other ‘Made In Sheffield’ both within foliate tooled decoration. It has a clean 4" single edged blade which is razor sharp and measures 8 ¼” overall length. The dagger is complete with original brown leather open top scabbard with rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2503. (Small fixed blades box)

Victorian Era North West Frontier Pesh-Kabz Choora / Khyber Afghan Armour Piercing Knife With Ornately Decorated Polished Bone Sectioned Grips & Scabbard. Sn 21449:8 - 21449:8
The Pesh-Kabz or Choora is a type of Perso-Afghan knife designed to penetrate chain mail armour (see page 494 of Stone's book 'A Glossary Of Arms & Armour'). The knives were typically used as a thrusting weapon, however, the wide ‘T’ section blade also has considerable slicing performance, and as such may also be used effectively with slashing or cutting strokes. During the British Colonial rule in India, the British frequently referred to all Afghan blades of this pattern collectively as "Afghan knives" or "Khyber knives", after the Khyber Pass that marked the transition from British India to the nation of Afghanistan. In India, manufacture of the pesh-kabz was centred in the northern city of Bhera, now part of Pakistan. During the First and Second Anglo-Afghan wars, the pesh-kabz was frequently the weapon of choice for finishing off wounded British and colonial troops, as the Afghan tribesmen did not take prisoners except for use as hostages. This is an attractive original example of the pesh-kabz / choora made in the Victorian era. It has an 8 ¼” single edged T section blade (13 ¼” overall). The blade with single edge narrows to a pin sharp point and its cutting edge is sharp. The spine of the blade has hand tooled decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age. It has the correct curved pronged pommel with small metal plate protrusion with hole for wrist cord and finger guard. The grip frame is decorated with hand tooled geometric and foliate designs with naïve coloured enamel insets and highlights. The scales are formed from sections of polished bone, secured by a series of pins. The knife is complete with its original wood lined, brass covered scabbard. The scabbard has ornate hand tooled decoration. The price for this attractive Khyber knife includes UK delivery. Sn 21449:8 (in fighting knives box)

SOLD SOLD (22/02) **LARGE**19th Century Corsican Vauzy (France) Folding Vendetta Type Assassin's Knife With ‘Corsican Symbol Moor’s Head & Foliate’ Decorated Bone Scales. Sn 21433 - 21433
These types of dagger were favoured by Corsican assassins and families involved in Vendettas that often led to bloodshed. This large example has the form and characteristics of those made in the 19th Century. The steel single edged steel blade in typical Corsican form is 6 ¼” in length and has staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Vauzy’ & with trademark (From 1751, Louis Vauzy made his first models, solid and elegant knives in Thiers, Auvergne, in the heart of France. The city, built on the mountainside, is crossed by the Durolle over 450 metres of elevation. Its limestone-free waters have exceptional qualities for the hardening of steel. Thus, since the Middle Ages, in every street, in every house, families of cutlers perpetuate a tradition of excellence and an authentic know-how, transmitted from generation to generation). The cutting edge of our knife is very sharp and has no nicks to the cutting edge. The knife measures 13 ¾” overall length when open. It has undamaged bone scales with hand painted decoration featuring foliate designs and the Corsican ‘Moor’s Head’ symbol. The scales are secured by steel pins. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21433

**NEW TO MARKET DIRECT FROM FAMILY OF WW2 PARA JOSEPH ELLIOT**WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard With Provenance & Sepia Copies Of Original WW2 Photos Of The Soldier In Theatre. Sn 21429 - 21429
This is an original WW2 2nd Pattern FS fighting knife, new to the market, recently acquired direct from the family of WW2 veteran Joseph Elliot service number APV000200777 who served in 2 Para in the Italy & Greece theatres of war. Correspondence from Mr Elliot’s son, himself an ex 2 para member who served post war states “I have my father’s dagger which he used in WW2. He was in 2 Para under Johnny Frost mainly Scottish lads and I have tried my best to get his war records which unfortunately they wont release to me for some reason. I will be 80 when they release it. I am ex 2 Para myself ”. The correspondence also included 2 copies of period images of Mr Elliot while serving in Italy & Greece during WW2. One image a portrait believed taken in Greece 1944, the other a Platoon group photo titled ‘4th Battalion ‘C’ Coy 10 Platoon Italy 1943’. In the correspondence, regarding the images his son states that the portrait was taken in ‘Greece 1944’ & that Mr Elliot is seated ‘second row top, third in from left’ in the 1943 Italy image. Extracts from email correspondence and copies of the images from the family accompany the knife. This is an excellent WW2 WD 2nd pattern, ‘B2’ FS dagger to WW2 Para Joseph Elliot (B WD arrow marks are identified as a known WW2 stamp on 2nd pattern FS knives, see page 87 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard which is faintly stamped with partially visible ‘Broad Arrow B2’ marks. The knife has a 160 mm long steel blade with medial ridge. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its original period scabbard has a brass chape. It has an integral belt loop. As is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent & 2 of its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21429

WW2, U.S Cattaraugus 225Q ' Quartermasters' Fighting Utility Knife And Sheath. ED 886. - ED 886
During WW2 Quartermaster staff needed a heavy duty combat knife which was strong enough to open ammunition boxes and crates. The American Company Cattaraugus produced the 225Q (Q for Quartermaster), which because of their strength, soon found their way into regular service as a combat knife ( see page 67 Of U.S Military Knives By Cole & page 123 of US Military Knives Collectors Guide By Silvey & Boyd). This is a nice original example. It has a sturdy, broad single edged fullered 6 1/4" blade (10 ½” inches overall). The ricasso is crisply engraved with the 'Cattaraugus' signature legend and designation '225Q'. The blade has some areas of staining consistent with age. Its banded handle made from compressed leather washers is in good condition with just service wear to be expected. It has a steel finger guard and large oval steel pommel with flat chequered end. The knife is complete with original leather sheath with stud fastening retaining strap which functions perfectly and integral belt loop. Price includes UK delivery. ED 886.(Fighting Knives)

**MINT**WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Number 2 Mould & ‘Broad Arrow Above 21’ Marks & Scabbard. Sn 21441 - 21441
This is a near mint, original, WW2 era 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. This example has an undamaged blackened brass ribbed handle. The hilt has a ‘Broad Arrow Above 21’ & number ‘2’ mould marks (see page 154 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook where the ‘Broad Arrow 21’ mark is identified as a WW2 stamp found on both 2nd & 3rd pattern FS knives.) It has an undamaged, clean, 175 mm long blued double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and as is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent but perished in the mid section. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21441

**MINT**RARE**ISSUED BUT UNUSED**WW2 Era British Wilkinson Sword London 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 21440 - 21440
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an excellent, rare to find, near mint, issued but unused condition, WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of FS daggers with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard. The knife has a 171 mm long blued blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is crisply marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The blade is clean. Its original scabbard has a blackened brass chape. It has an integral belt loop with elasticated strap & original 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21440
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