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WW2 Era Nazi German E.W. Holler Solingen Kriegsmarine Dagger With Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 17330 - 17330
A good, original, Nazi German Kriegsmarine Dagger with scabbard. The Dagger’s blade is faintly etched on both sides with Kriegsmarine fouled anchor together with scroll work panels. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The ricasso is faintly marked with the E.W. Holler Solingen name & trademark. It has the distinctive Kriegsmarine Eagle with swastika pommel, ornate cross guard with scabbard retaining button that works as it should and correct ivory hue phenol resin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. Its original scabbard is decorated with hammered and tooled design & has 2 hanging ring mounts with Oak leaf decoration. The mounts are fitted with original hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17330

WW2 Ornate Presentation Kukri To Sher Bahadur Thapa Victoria Cross 9th Gurkha Rifles Killed In Action 1944 With Ornate Scabbard. Sn 17328 - 17328
Sher Bahadur Thapa (20 November 1921 – 19 September 1944) was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was a Thapa Chhetri and a son of Ramdhoj Thapa, a permanent resident of Ghalechap of Tanahu, Nepal. Thapa enlisted in the British Indian Army on 20 November 1942 and was a 22-year-old rifleman in the 1st Battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles during World War II, when the following deed took place at the Battle of San Marino, for which he was awarded the VC. His citation in the London Gazette reads: On 18/19 September 1944 at San Marino, Italy, when a company of the 9th Gurkha Rifles encountered bitter opposition from a German prepared position, Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa and his section commander, who was afterwards badly wounded, charged and silenced an enemy machine-gun. The rifleman then went on alone to the exposed part of a ridge where, ignoring a hail of bullets, he silenced more machine-guns, covered a withdrawal and rescued two wounded men before he was killed. His Victoria Cross is currently held by his regiment 9th Gurkha Rifles. A contemporary portrait of the soldier is illustrated in image 2. This is a presentation WW2 Kukri To Sher Bahadur Thapa VC period made and most likely commissioned by the Regiment for the soldiers surviving family. The sturdy weapon is 16 ¾” overall length. The polished horn handle has a white metal Lion’s head pommel. The curved 12” blade has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The blade has fullers on both sides and tooled decorative panels on one side. The original scabbard made of wood is covered in black felt and has ornate white metal panels ornately decorated with pierced foliate designs and with crossed Kukris above 9 ( the badge of the 9th Gurkha rifles). The flower heads in the decoration are jewelled (some of the jewels have become dislodged over time). The scabbard is fitted with white metal hanging ring. The rear of the scabbard has a period hand written paper label ‘property of o/sm Randel 9th G/rifles Ashrange Alot on loan s/mess 2002’ (This Kukri was bought out of the Sgts Mess by a British Paratrooper). The price for this Kukri to a named WW2 hero who fell in action includes UK delivery. Sn 17328

1971 British WD George Ibberson Sheffield IB-4432 Stores Marked 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 17316 - 17316
An excellent original 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 and issue of the knives to Commandos continued into the modern era. In the 1960’s and 70’s The Sheffield cutlers George Ibberson & John Clarke secured Government contracts to supply FS fighting knives alongside Wilkinson sword (see pages 163-165 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook and plates 11.5 and 11.6 of page 164 in the same book where FS daggers with same date and stores code are illustrated). This example by Ibberson has an undamaged blackened ribbed brass / alloy handle with undamaged 170mm long blade. The cross guard is stamped with WD arrow, stores code 'IB-4432' and dated '1971'. It is also marked 'G.Ibberson & Co Sheffield England'. It is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. It retains its 4 leather sewn on tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17316

SOLD SOLD (03/04) Early 1883 Pattern Japanese Naval Officer's Dirk With Marine Anchor Within Prunus Blossom Stamp & Scabbard. Sn 17250 - 17250
This is an early, original 1883 Pattern Japanese Naval Officer's Dirk & Scabbard. These dirks were worn by all commissioned Officers. Late examples made towards the end of WW2 had simulated sharkskin grips made from plastic or composite material and celluloid cross guards. Early examples had Ray skin covered grips and ornate gilt finished fittings (see pages 70-73 of Military Swords Of Japan By Fuller & Gregory). This dirk has the correct early Ray skin covered wire bound grip with gilt mounts & recurving cross guard. The underside of the cross guard has a crisp Marine anchor within a prunus blossom stamp. It has a clean 21cms single edged blade with fuller. It measures 41.5cms overall and the hilt is slotted for retaining lug which is mounted on its scabbard. The leather bound wood scabbard has gilt metal mounts embossed with prunus blossom, each side of the locket has suspender rings. The upper mount of the scabbard has the correct press button retaining lug and holds the dirk firmly in the scabbard. The leather has just light surface scuffs consistent with age and service use. The price for this early Japanese Naval piece includes UK delivery. Sn 17250

**SOLD**SOLD**26/3**Japanese Shinto Period (1596–1780) Aikuchi (Dagger Without Guard) With Kogai (Hair Dressing Tool), Signed Kozuka (Small Knife) & Ribbed Black Lacquered Saya (Scabbard) Fitted With Cord. Sn 17249 - 17249
A Japanese Shinto Aikuchi. The 22cm unsigned steel blade has faint hamon and chamfered back edge. (41cms overall length). The blade has some staining consistent with age. It has a one piece copper habaki. It has a black lacquered braid bound hilt with gilt metal fuchi and kashira with pebbled decoration. The saya is ribbed black lacquer and is set with a kogai and kozuka. The brass Kogai is 12.5cms length. The handle section has tooled decoration. The Kozuka has an 11.5 cms long single edged steel blade which has staining consistent with age. The blade is signed on one side with Japanese script. The Kozuka measures 21 cms overall and has a copper hilt with embossed decoration. The price for this attractive, complete Japanese set includes UK delivery. Sn 17249

**SOLD**SOLD**26/3**Japanese Shin Shinto Period (1780-1876) Aikuchi (Dagger Without Guard) With Kogai (Hair Dressing Tool), Kozuka (Small Knife) & Black Lacquer Simulated Tree Bark Work Saya (Scabbard) Fitted With Cord. Sn 17248 - 17248
A Japanese Shin Shinto Aikuchi. The 18cm unsigned steel blade has faint hamon. (32cms overall length). The blade has some staining consistent with age. The one piece silver plated copper habaki has diagonally burred decoration. Some original silver plating is present. The fine braid bound hilt has gilt metal fuchi and kashira with scalework decoration. The Saya has similar decoration to the mounts. The saya is ribbed black lacquer simulating bark work and is set with a kogai and kozuka. The brass Kogai is 12cms length. The handle section has tooled decoration. The Kozuka has an 11 cms long single edged steel blade which has staining consistent with age (18.5 cms overall). It has a brass hilt with tooled decoration and inlaid silver band. The price for this attractive, complete Japanese set includes UK delivery. Sn 17248

SOLD SOLD (29/03) MINT, Large Post WW2 John Nowill & Sons, Sheffield Bowie knife With Stag Antler Hilt, Plated Metal Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 17108:9 - 17108:9
The Nowill familly are recorded as Sheffield cutler's since the 16th Century. The family traded under various names and Trademarks until John Nowill acquired the 'crossed keys' trademark in 1842. They produce excellent knives and tools using the best of materials and traditional know how that can only come from over three hundred years in the business. This is a near mint, large Bowie Knife made by John Nowill & Sons post WW2. It has a 10 ¼” deep swept single edged, clean, polished Bowie blade which is 1 ¾” at its widest and measures 15 ¾” overall. The blade has fullers & back of the blade has scalloped decoration. It is marked at the ricasso 'J.Nowill & Sons Sheffield together with 'Crossed Keys' Trademark. It has a plated metal cross guard and ornate ferrule. The undamaged Stag horn hilt is clean and undamaged and it has a plated metal pommel cap. It is complete with its brown leather open top scabbard with single large belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price for this impressive Bowie by a renowned Sheffield Cutler includes UK delivery. Sn 17108:9

Ancient Blade C1750-1850 Mino Or Soshu Work Japanese O’Tanto (Large Tanto) With C1870’s Satsuma rebellion Munition Quality Hilt, Scabbard & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 17218 - 17218
An antique Japanese O’Tanto. The Wakizashi has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “The blade has a cutting edge of 32 cms. Big & wide has width of a katana long sword. The tang is unsigned with 2 mounting holes. Tang shape altered for remounting in past possibly been mino work or soshu. Looks circa 1750-1850. In old 20th century polish. Hamon is suguha with small irregularities edged in fine nie crystals, goes fuzzy towards point. This blade has large kizu / flaw on one side and on back of mune. Plain iron 19th century tsuba with Satsuma rebellion munition quality hilt. Circa 1870’s old blades were taken out of storage and mounted quickly and cheaply during the Satsuma rebellion in the meiji restoration of the 1870’s period. A sword for a new student / collector”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17218

WW2 British Wade & Butcher, Sheffield, ‘Gillwell’ RAF Servicing Commando Fighting Knife With Bone Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 17124 - 17124
These knives were an issue item to members of the RAF Servicing Commando which was formed in 1942. Primarily their work was to service aircraft on front line airfields. There were 14 separate units and saw service in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, France & The Far East. See pages 37 to 38 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook. Flook states that the knives were issued with compressed leather handles which had bone or stag horn pommels and examples with stag horn or bone hilts have been noted. In his book page 38, plate 74, a contemporary photograph of a member of The RAF Servicing Commando in action in Normandy servicing an aircraft at a front line airfield is illustrated. His knife is clearly shown in wear. Our variant has compressed leather rings hilt. It has a small brass finger guard and bone pommel secured by screw bolt. It has a 117mm single edged drop point blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 228mm overall length. The back edge of the blade has a serrated section. The ricasso is marked by the maker ‘Wade & Butcher Sheffield England’ and the reverse has Maltese cross mark and an indistinct inspection mark. ‘Gillwell’ is factory etched one side of the blade. The knife has its undamaged, open top brown leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. The leather is impressed ‘Sheffield England’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17124

QUALITY, Inter War William Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ Stainless Steel Saw Back Spear Point Bowie Hunting / Fishing Knife With Chequered Buffalo Horn Hilt, German Silver Crossguard & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12583 - 12583
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This is a quality Spear Point Bowie hunting / fishing knife by William Rodgers most likely made in the inter war era. It has solid chequered Buffalo horn hilt and oval German silver cross guard. The hilt is holed for wrist cord. It has a 5 ¾” double edged, spear point steel blade with medial ridge (9 ¾” overall). The back edge of the blade has a saw back section. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘William Rodgers’ together with ‘‘I Cut My Way’ and mincing knife device trademark. The reverse has ‘Stainless Sheffield England’. The excellent, brown leather scabbard has a belt loop and retaing strap with press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard has tooled decoration. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12583
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