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Daggers and Knives

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Un-Issued 2000 Dated British WD Ralph Martindale Military Jungle Knife / Machete & 2006 Dated WD DPM Camouflage Scabbard. ED 2183 - ED 2183
An original n-issued Ralph Martindale military machete who made these machetes for the British War Department (see page 113 of 'British and Commonwealth Military Knives' book by Flook). The machete has a heavy steel bolo / parang shaped blade which is 12” long and 3 ¼” broad at its widest point. The grips are wood secured by 3 brass rivets. The handle is holed for wrist cord. One side of the blade is stamped with manufacturers name & Crocodile trade mark together with WD arrow, stores code and 2000 date. The blade also has most of its original manufacturer’s label (illustrated in the images). The blade has just light storage staining. The cutting edge is sharp with no signs of use. The machete measures 18 ¼” overall length. This example is complete with its original WD DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material) Camouflaged scabbard in very good condition which has a large belt loop with additional wire belt loop & single retaining strap with stud fastener ( the centre of the retaining strap has been repaired at some point in its life). The rear of the scabbard has its original WD label dated 2006 and with stores codes. All material and stitching are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2183 (hunting & survival box)

**BEST QUALITY**Victorian Era Silver Mounted Finnish Puukko Hunting / Fishing Knife With Silver Mounted Open Top Red Leather Scabbard. ED 2182 - ED 2182
A Puukko (Finnish pronunciation: [G2;puH0;kH0;o]) is a small traditional Finnish general purpose belt knife ideal for hunting & fishing with a single cutting edge & solid hidden tang. This is a best quality Victorian era Puuko knife and scabbard in excellent condition. It is 7 ¾” overall with a sharp 3 ¾” steel single edged blade. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. The knife has a solid barrel shaped polished horn handle with superb silver and brass pin and escutcheon inlays. The hilt has a silver ferrule & pommel cap with ball top. The ferrule & pommel cap have tooled decoration. There are no maker or date marks on the knife.. The knife comes with its original open top, red leather scabbard encased in voided silver which has tooled decoration. The rear of the scabbard has a single steel hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2182

**QUALITY**Victorian Bowie Knife With ‘Drop Down’ Extendable Blade, Stag Antler Scales, Brass Bolsters, Blade Release Lever & Open Top Leather Bucket Scabbard. Sn 17730 - 17730
This is an excellent Victorian Bowie Knife with drop down, extendable blade. It is 10 ¾” overall length when the blade is locked in its short blade ( 5 ¾” length cutting edge) position. When the brass locking lever on the spine of the hilt is operated the blade drops down or can be pulled out and extends to 8 ¼” length cutting edge (13 ¾” overall). The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The spine of the blade has a small hole in the mid section which allows the blade to be locked into its short position by lifting the release lever & pushing the blade back into the hilt. The release lever is numbered ‘13’ but there are no other maker or date marks on this quality made extendable Bowie. It has attractive Stag antler scales which are in great condition secured by steel pins & brass bolsters. The knife is complete with original open top brown leather bucket scabbard. The scabbard has no belt loop and has a small 1.5 cm cut on one side of the throat consistent with it being cut by the blade when being removed from the scabbard at some point in its life. The price includes UK Delivery. Sn 17730

Late WW2 U.S. Army Imperial ‘M3’ Fighting Knife & M8 Scabbard By ‘B.M.Co’ (Beckwith Manufacturing Company). Sn 20160. - 20160
The M3 trench knife or M3 fighting knife was an American military combat knife first issued in March 1943. The M3 was originally designated for issue to soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet. However, it was particularly designed for use by forces in need of a close combat knife, such as Airborne Units and Army Rangers, so these units received priority for the M3 at the start of production. As more M3 knives became available in 1943 and 1944, the knife was issued to other soldiers such as Army Air Corps crewmen and soldiers not otherwise equipped with a bayonet, including soldiers issued the M1 carbine or a submachine gun such as the M3 ‘Grease gun’. This is a nice cross guard marked ‘M3’ knife by ‘Imperial’. It has a virtually un-marked leather washer grip with plastic spacers top and bottom, denoting a late war issue. The clean 17 cm blade retains most of its parkerised finish, and the pommel has the flaming grenade stamped to the top. The scabbard is the early U.S. ‘M8’ by ‘B.M.Co’ (Beckwith manufacturing). A very nice late war combination in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20160.

1983 Gib Baxter Watercolour Painting Of Operation Colossus The 1st British Airborne Assault By X Troop 1941 To Destroy An Aqueduct Near Calitri Italy. Sn 20790 - 20790
Operation Colossus was the codename given to the first airborne operation undertaken by the British military, which occurred on 10 February 1941 during World War II. The first airborne unit to be formed was actually a re-trained Commando unit, No. 2 Commando, which was subsequently renamed as No. 11 Special Air Service Battalion and numbered approximately 350 officers and other ranks by September 1940. The battalion finished its training in December 1940 and in February 1941 thirty-eight members of the battalion, known as X Troop, were selected to conduct an airborne operation, which was intended to test the capability of the airborne troops and their equipment, as well as the ability of the Royal Air Force to accurately deliver them. The target chosen for the operation was a fresh-water aqueduct near Calitri in southern Italy, which supplied water to a large portion of the Italian population as well as several ports used by the Italian armed forces; it was also hoped that its destruction would hamper Italian military efforts in North Africa and Albania. The airborne troops were delivered by converted Armstrong Whitworth Whitley medium bombers to the target on 10 February but equipment failures and navigational errors meant that a significant portion of the troop's explosives and a team of Royal Engineer sappers, landed in the wrong area. Despite this setback the remaining members of the troop destroyed the aqueduct and withdrew from the area. All were captured by the Italian authorities within a short time; an Italian translator was tortured and executed and one paratrooper managed to escape but the rest remained as prisoners of war. This is an excellent original watercolour painting of members of X Troop parachuting from their Whitworth Whitley aircraft over harsh terrain at the start of their heroic mission to destroy the aqueduct. The painting is signed by the artist ‘Gib Baxter’ and dated ’83 (1983). The paintings colours are vivid. The painting in its glazed wood frame measures 15 ¼” x 19 ¼” x 1 ¼”. The rear of the frame is fitted with cord for wall mounting. The price for this paining worthy of further research regarding the artist includes UK delivery. Sn 20790

**ISSUED BUT UN-USED**WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.3 Mould Mark & Original Field Adapted Scabbard. ED 2177 - ED 2177
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 some of its blackened finish and a clean 168mm steel blade with medial ridge. It has a number 3 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy handle. The blackened oval cross guard is steel. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard in nice condition with external brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and elastic retaining strap which as is common has perished in the middle. The rear of the scabbard has a period field adaption by the addition of a large leather belt loop being stitched to the back of the original belt loop for carry on a wide belt. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2177

**ARNHEM CONNECTIONS**WW2 British WD B4 Free Polish Airborne Forces, Commando Smooth Alloy Hilt, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard Chape Mounted ‘1’ (1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade). Sn 20691 - 20691
An original and rare to find, smooth alloy hilted Polish Airborne Forces Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. This variant of FS fighting knife is believed to have been issued to Free Polish Airborne Forces by the British War Dept and were also privately commissioned by Members of the Polish Airborne Forces exiled in this country during the war (see page 141 item 9.49 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook where genuine examples such as ours are described as rare). It has an undamaged smooth alloy handle stamped with ‘WD Broad Arrow below 6’ mark. It has a 177mm long steel blade with medial ridge. It’s oval steel cross guard is stamped ‘B4’ and with WD Broad Arrow. It is complete with original leather scabbard with 4 sewn on leather tabs and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap (intact but frayed in the middle section). The external brass chape is mounted with a number ‘1’ device to the 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade ( a parachute infantry brigade of the Polish Armed Forces in the West under the command of Major General Stanisław Sosabowski, created in September 1941 during the Second World War and based in Scotland. Originally, the brigade's exclusive mission was to drop into occupied Poland in order to help liberate the country. The British government, however, pressured the Poles into allowing the unit to be used in the Western theatre of war. Operation Market Garden eventually saw the unit sent into action in support of the British 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944). All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare FS variant includes UK delivery. Sn 20691

**RARE**ORIGINAL 1st PATTERN HILT**STERILE**WW2, 2nd Pattern, Wilkinson British Officer's, Grey Or Matt Nickel Plated Hilt, Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 20163 - 20163
2nd Pattern 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is a rare example of the WW2, 2nd Pattern, Officer's fighting knife with 1st Pattern coarsely knurled nickel plated brass hilt which has a grey or matt nickel finish and 2nd pattern oval steel cross guard (see page 93 of ‘the Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook where he describes & illustrates a 2nd pattern FS with 1st pattern hilt. He comments that knives with 1st pattern hilts but without Wilkinson logos has led many collectors to conclude that they are in fact a Wilkinson product). It has a clean 167mm double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The knife has no maker, date or inspection marks. The dagger is complete with original scabbard with belt loop & brass chape. The scabbard’s elasticated retaining strap and sewn on leather tabs are present. All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20163

**VERY RARE** WW2 British 1st Pattern Wilkinson FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. ED 2175 - ED 2175
The 1st Pattern FS fighting knife was introduced in 1940 and produced by Wilkinson Sword (see page 63 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an increasingly rare to find, original WW2 1st pattern, FS dagger with scabbard. The hilt retains its original nickel finish and knurled grip. The ricasso is marked with correct etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' together with crossed swords legend & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. Its double edged dagger blade with medial ridge measures 160mm in length (blade lengths of these FS knives vary as they were hand ground). It is complete with leather scabbard with 2 leather tabs, nickel plated brass chape, integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener which is stamped ‘Made In England’ ( the retaining strap and press stud are a period repair replacement). All leather & stitching are clean & intact. The price for this rare 1st Pattern FS fighting knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2175

SOLD SOLD (05/03) **QUALITY**Victorian Era, Brookes & Crookes Sheffield faux Ivory (Ivorine) Scales Hilt ‘Hunter’s Companion’ Spear Point Bowie Knife With ‘Jones’ Marked Blade & Scabbard. Sn 20780 - 20780
In 1859 the Sheffield cutlers John Brookes & Thomas Crookes appear in Melville & Co’s Commercial directory of Sheffield as manufacturer’s of knives and dressing case instruments. The Company had a warehouse, workshops, engine house & grinding wheel behind a house on St Philip’s Road on the outskirts of the cutlery making district of Sheffield. The workshop / factory was named the Atlantic works and was previously the address of knife maker Thomas Wigfall. The Company took advantage of the booming American market making Bowies for the British & American markets & were renowned for the excellent quality of their knives (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a quality made Victorian Bowie Knife Brookes & Crookes. It measures 11 ¼” overall with a 6 ¾” spear point bowie blade which is sharp. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age. The ricasso is stamped on one side by the maker ‘Brookes & Crookes Makers Sheffield’ together with their ‘bell’ trademark. The reverse is stamped ‘Jones’ possibly a retailer or name of the original owner of this knife. The blade is marked ‘Hunter’s Companion’. The clean undamaged finely chequered faux ivorine grip scales are secured by German Silver pins . The Bowie has a steel finger guard. The dagger is complete with original leather open top scabbard with integral belt loop. The scabbard has a German Silver chape and throat mount. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price for this quality made Victorian Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 20780 (Antique Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
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