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ROBBINS Brand New Hardback Book ‘The History and Knives of Robbins & Company’ by Ron Flook & John Pidgeon. ED 2172. - ED 2172
Introduction-What may be considered the first edition of this book was printed in 2019 as a limited run of 300 copies and was based on a 2010 knife world magazine article. The book quickly sold out and since then we have pressed to do a reprint, and the plan was to update it with more history of the firm that had become available from online records. This expanded research uncovered much more than just a family history story when we discovered new details of Robbins knives during WWI. The original book was short on the background to the demise of the firm, but this aspect has now been clarified. Our ‘new book’ thus updates the story of Robbins and the knives they produced to a much greater degree than previously. Hardback, 104 colour and black & white illustrated pages. Signed on the first page by the authors Ron Flook & John Pidgeon with history and descriptions. The price for this book includes UK delivery. ED 2172.

Victorian Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield ‘Hunting Knife’ Bowie With Polished Horn Scales, German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. ED 2171 - ED 2171
Joseph Rodgers & Sons were first established as cutlers at ‘Holy Croft’ Sheffield C1724. By 1780 the firm was firmly established and well known for making quality knives. Having outgrown their Holy Croft premises moved to what was to become their worldwide famous address 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield. Originally making small edged weapons the Company moved into manufacture of large Bowies when American & British Empire markets expanded in the Victorian era (see page 236 of Joseph Rodgers & Sons By Domenech). This is an unusual Victorian era Bowie made at Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street premises. The 12¼” long, Bowie has polished horn scales secured by steel pins. It has German silver bolsters at the pommel and at the cross guard. The lower bolsters are ribbed and engraved ‘No6’ (Norfolk Street). It has a German silver finger guard consisting of 2 German silver plates secured to the tang by a single German silver pin allowing movement of the cross guard as normally found on folding Bowies, not fixed blade Bowies such as ours. It has a 7 ¼” single edged, steel leaf shaped blade. The blade, on one side is marked crisply at the ricasso, 'No 6 Sheffield, Steel' and near to the spine ‘HUNTING KNIFE’. The reverse is stamped with Rodgers Tutonic type cross trade marks. The blade has age related staining and patination and a few minor nicks to the cutting edge. Its original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap and stud fastener. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this Victorian Bowie by one of the famous Sheffield cutlers includes UK delivery. ED 2171

**MINT**LARGE & SUBSTANTIAL** Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase North West Frontier Kard Fighting Knife With Tropical Hardwood Scales & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard With Retaining Strap. Sn 20771 - 20771
A Kard (Persian: knife) is considered a type of knife found in the Persianate societies like Persia, Turkey, Armenia and all the way to India. Mostly used in the 18th century and before, they typically have a straight single edged blade and are long knives with no guard and usually the handle was bone, ivory, horn or tropical hardwood. It was mostly a stabbing weapon, and commonly the point would be reinforced to penetrate chain mail. A major characteristic of a kard is that the hilt is only partially covered by the scabbard. Campaign fighting knives were popular private purchase fighting / hunting knives for British Officer’s fighting against Afghan tribes on the North West Frontier. This is an original period Kard quality made during campaign in India no doubt commissioned by a British officer. Our Kard is a substantial weapon in near mint condition. It has finely chequered undamaged, original chequered tropical hardwood scales secured by steel pins. It has steel hilt bolsters tapered to provide a small finger guard and typically is without cross guard. The pommel has a lug, winged by the grip scales. The lug fastens to a retaining strap with eyelet on the scabbard and keeps the knife securely in the scabbard. The heavy 10 ¾” single edged steel blade is clean and sharp and tapers to a sharp point. The heavy blade is 8mm thick at the hilt, gradually tapering to 1mm thick at the tip. The blade is 1 ½” broad at the hilt and tapers to 1mm width at the tip. The Kard is a large 16 ¼” overall length. There are no maker marks on the Kard. The knife is complete with original brown leather covered wood open top scabbard. The throat has a small leather belt hanger loop and has the aforementioned leather retaining strap with eyelet which fastens correctly to the Kard’s pommel lug. The scabbard has a small copper chape. The price for this impressive Kard includes UK delivery. Sn 20771 (In Bowies Box)

Large Original American Frontier Victorian Era, Hand Forged English Sheffield Made Fighting / Hunting Bowie Knife With Broad Leaf Shaped Spear Point Bowie Blade & Original leather Scabbard Later C1903 Inlaid With Apache Native Indian Head ‘Liberty’ Dime - 20739:4
This is a large 12 ½” long, Bowie knife. This type of Bowie were used by Hunters & fighters in the wars against Native American Indians during the American Frontier era. This example has all the patina age and construction of a Frontier Bowie made in Sheffield England in the early to mid 1800’s and was no doubt manufactured in that era hammer hand forged in England and exported to America. This substantial piece has American Walnut scales secured by brass rivets and decorated with steel pins. It has a short, heavy brass finger guard. The Bowie has a heavy, 2” wide, 7 ½” long leaf shaped spear point Bowie blade with medial ridge. The blade is clean and razor sharp. On close examination hammer forging detail can be seen on the blade’s surface (to faint to photograph). There are no visible manufacturer marks on this piece. The weight and size of this piece would have made it very useful for Frontiersmen as a fighting knife, hunting knife or hacking tool.. The Bowie’s original open top leather covered wood scabbard has a single belt loop. All leather and stitching are clean and intact. The front of the scabbard has later been mounted with a C1903 Apache Native Indian Head U.S. ‘Liberty’ Dime Coin. The price for this piece of American Frontier history includes UK delivery. Sn 20739:4

WW2 1944 British Army In India WD Gurkha Kukri, 2 Skinners & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard With Khaki Canvas Field Combat Cover & Leather Laced Webbing Frog. Sn 20672:2 - 20672:2
This is an original WW2 dated British WD Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 12 ½” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & blood notch. The blade has just light staining to be expected with age and service use. The blade is marked with WD arrow and 1944 date together with ‘Genuine’. It measures 16 ½” overall. The tropical hard wood grip has grooved bands in the midsection and 2 nickel plated brass bands (nickel finish rubbed with age and service use) & is secured by 2 rivets. It has a brass pommel cap with traces of original nickel plate finish. It comes with original leather covered wood scabbard fitted with khaki field combat cover & webbing frog which is secured to the scabbard by leather laces. The scabbard has 2 pockets for the skinners at the throat. The skinner’s blades are typically curved. Both skinners have wood handles with brass pommel caps. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20672:2 (fighting knives box)

WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern B2 Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Number 4 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 20444:18 - 20444:18
This is an original WW2 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife in excellent condition (see Chapter 8 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). It has an undamaged ribbed and blackened alloy handle & 174 mm double edged clean steel dagger blade with medial ridge and blued steel oval cross guard stamped with WD arrow and B2 designation. The hilt has number 4 mould mark. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop. As is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period and its original elasticated retaining strap is absent. The price for this 'sterile' nickel plated Officer’s FS dagger includes UK delivery. The price for this nicely marked WW2 FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 20444:18

WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Nickel Plated Officer’s 'Sterile' Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 20444:17 - 20444:17
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is a very good condition WW2 Officer’s 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of Nickel plated FS daggers are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct nickel plated brass knurled handle & oval cross guard. The knife is ‘sterile’ with no manufacturer or Unit marks. The knife has a 177 mm long blade with medial ridge. The blade is clean. Its original scabbard has a nickel plated chape and integral belt loop. AS is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period and its original elasticated retaining strap is absent. The price for this 'sterile' nickel plated Officer’s FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 20444:17

Georgian Era 'Military Outfitter’s Sample' Miniature British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. Sn 18123:1. - 18123:1
The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars (see page 77 of World Swords by Withers). The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords. This piece is most likely a sample piece made provided by sword manufacturer’s to Military Outfitters in the Georgian era to advertise their full size weapons. It is in as found & un-messed with condition. The sword measures just 22” overall and the fullered curved 18 ¾” sabre blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks. The brass guard with knuckle bow and langets is typical 1796 pattern. The original leather and wire gilt binding of the wood grip is tired and worn. Some sections of wire binding are absent. Its original steel scabbard has some minor dents but no cracks or splits. The scabbard has 2 brass hanging ring mounts with 2 brass or German Silver hanging rings attached. The price for this unusual piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18123:1.

Late 18th Century French Nobleman’s Deer / Boar Hunting Dirk / Sidearm With Ornate Solid Brass Hoof Shape Hilt With Game Bird Form Clamshell Type Guard. Sn 18123:3 - 18123:3
This is an original French form Nobleman’s quality Hunting dirk / sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Deer or Boar for self-defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This example has an ornately decorated solid brass hoof shape hilt & game bird form clamshell type guard. It also has a decorated straight cross guard with ball finials. Its slim 19 ¾” double edged blade with medial ridge has staining consistent with age. Both sides of the blade are decorated with etched foliate panels. It measures 24 ¼” overall. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. As is common with these weapons it is without scabbard. Sn 18123:3.

Circa 18th Century Spanish Plug Bayonet / Hunting Dagger with Polished Horn Hilt, Brass Fittings & Later Scabbard. Sn 18390 - Sn 18390
Plug Bayonets were used in Spain as late as the 19th Century but in the latter period were also employed as hunting weapons (see page 245 & plate 549 on page 247 of the Bayonet Book by Watts & White which illustrates a Spanish plug bayonet with similar hilt to our example). This is an excellent original Spanish form plug bayonet/ hunting dagger. It has a 10 ½” single edged fullered blade with original leather hilt washer. The blade has just areas of natural aged staining. It has a brass cross guard with ball finials, ferrule and acorn / urn type brass pommel cap. The polished horn hilt is undamaged. The plug bayonet measures 16 ¾” overall. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the bayonet. It is complete with a later green leather covered wood scabbard which was obviously made for the bayonet at some point in its life. The bayonet fits the scabbard snugly. The leather is clean and has a stitched seam. The scabbard has a brass throat mount with frog locket and brass chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18390.
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