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Early 1883 Pattern Japanese Suya Sword Shop Arsenal Tokyo Naval Officer's Dirk With ‘Harp’ Marked Cross Guard & Scabbard. Sn 20201 - 20201
This is an early, original 1883 Pattern Japanese Naval Officer's Dirk & Scabbard. These dirks were worn by all commissioned Officers. Towards the end of WW2 they had simulated sharkskin grips made from plastic or composite material and celluloid cross guards. Early examples had Shark skin covered grips and ornate finished fittings (see pages 70-73 of Military Swords Of Japan By Fuller & Gregory). This dirk has the correct early shark skin covered wire bound grip with brass mounts & recurving cross guard. The pommel cap and both sides of the hilt have Imperial chrysanthemum ‘Mon’ devices. The cross guard has a crisp arsenal mark of the Suya Sword Shop Arsenal Tokyo which resembles a ‘harp’ (see page 185 of Dawson’s Swords Of Imperial Japan’). It has a clean 8 ¾” single edged blade with fullers. It measures 13 ¼” overall and the hilt is slotted for retaining lug which is mounted on its scabbard. The polished Ray skin bound wood scabbard has brass mounts embossed with prunus blossoms. Each side throat mount has brass hanging rings. The upper mount of the scabbard has the correct press button retaining lug. The price for this arsenal marked Japanese Naval piece includes UK delivery. Sn 20201

*Out of Print* A Pair of Books; Civil War Knives & New England Cutlery. 20300:2. - 20300:2
Book 1 - Civil War Knives by Marc Newman. Historian Marc Newman spent more than 10 years researching Civil War Knives. In addition to examining the collections of dozens of museums, historical societies, presidential libraries, national military parks and battlegrounds and individual collectors. Hardback with dust cover, 109 illustrated pages. Book 2 - New England Cutlery – A guide to New England knives and cutleries by Philip R. Pankiewicz. Philip Pankiewicz is a freelance writer, educator, amateur photographer, naturalist, sportsman and part-time custom knifemaker. He has published dozens of articles on knives, and was a contributing editor to National Knife Collector Magazine. Paperback, 256 illustrated pages. The price for these two invaluable sources of information includes UK delivery. 20300:2.

*Out of Print* A Pair of Hardback Books; Knifemakers of Old San Francisco & American Primitive Knives 1770-1870. 20300:1. - 20300:1
Book 1 - Knife makers of Old San Francisco by Bernard R. Levine. In only one place in nineteenth century America did local knifemakers create a style of cutlery which was entirely new. That place was San Francisco. This is the story of the leading cutlers of the American West, the celebrated knifemakers of old San Francisco who made the most exotic, the most costly and perhaps the most beautiful knives ever produced in the United States. Hardback with dust cover, 160 illustrated pages. Book 2 - American Primitive Knives 1770-1870 by Gordon B. Minnis. Once in a great while a publication appears that neatly and completely fills a substantial gap in American arms lore. Until the advent of this book, those who wanted information on early American handmade knives and daggers could only find bits and pieces in widely scattered sources. Hardback with dust cover, 100 illustrated pages. These books are a must for the collector/enthusiast. The price for the pair of books includes UK delivery. 20300:1.

*Out of Print* A Set of 5 Books on Bowie Knives, Axes, the M1880/90 and Hunting Knives. 20300:4. - 20300:4
Book 1- Bowie Knives by Robert Abels-The knives shown in this book represent a careful selection of American and Sheffield specimens from the 1835 to 1890 period-paperback, 48 illustrated pages. Book 2- Bowie Knives from the collection of Robert Abels by William G.Keener. The late Robert Abels lived in New York and was nominally a dealer in arms and armour – paperback, 139 illustrated pages. Book 3 – Marbles, Knives & Axes by Konrad F. Schreier jr. Much of the information in this book was gathered from catalogues, periodicals and books published about the Marbles company and its products before around 1955- paperback, 70 illustrated pages. Book 4 – American Knives- The First History and Collections Guide by Harold L. Peterson. Men have collected arms for centuries but in recent years there has been an increased interest in edged weapons. This book when 1st published in 1958 opened the field of American knives of all types to a vast number of collectors eager for information. Hardback with dust cover, 178 illustrated pages. Book 5- Light but Efficient – A study of the M1880 hunting and M1890 entrenching knives and scabbards by Albert N. Hardin, Jr & Robert W. Hedden. Although the existence and purpose of the M1880 Hunting knife have long been recognised, never before has a definitive study of this weapon and its various scabbards been published. Hardback with dustcover, 104 illustrated pages. The price for this collection includes UK delivery. 20300:4.

*Out of Print* A Rare Pair of Hardback Books on Bowie Knives. 20300:5. - 20300:5
Book 1-Bowie Knives of the Ben Palmer Collection by Ben Palmer, W.J. Moran and Jim Phillips. ‘As and American original, few weapons can match the lore and attraction of the Bowie knife’. From the 1830s to the present. Forged in the fire and the stuff of legend, these knives have captured the attention of historians and collectors. Hardback with dust cover, 149 illustrated pages with copies of hand written inventories. Book 2- A Sure Defence-The Bowie Knife Book by Kenneth J. Burton. The author Mr Burton has been a collector of antique weapons since 1960. With the publication of this book there has been a large hole filled which has existed for many years within the archives of Australia’s history, and that is relating to the use of knives, especially the fighting kind, during Australia’s wild colonial days. Hardback, 99 illustrated pages. The price for these two books includes UK delivery. 20300:5.

*Un-Issued* U.S. ‘M3’ Fighting Knife and ‘M8’ Scabbard. 20161. - 20161
This is a nice blade marked ‘M3’ knife by ‘UTICA’ (the Utica Cutlery Company was founded in 1910 by a group of prominent Utica businessmen. It was felt that a metal working industry would create employment and bring economic balance to the area. The primary industry in Utica at the time was textile manufacturing). It is contained in its early U.S. ‘M8’ plastic scabbard by ‘B.M. Co.’ (In 1941, Harry Beckwith founded the Victory Plastics Co. which was a subsidiary in Hudson, MA, to manufacture scabbards that Beckwith Manufacturing Co. were contracted to produce). The knife has the usual leather washer grip which is unmarked and appears to be un-issued. The blade also retains most of its parkerised finish, is tight and near mint. The ‘M8’ scabbard is also in excellent condition, showing little signs of wear. The price for this tidy combination includes UK delivery. 20161.

WWII era Commemorative Mother of Pearl Twin Blade Folding Knife Inlaid with a Portrait of R.M.S. Lancastria. 20091. - 20091
A nice vintage Sheffield folding fruit knife, with real mother of pearl grips, circa WWII, the blades are 53mm and 40mm (77mm closed) and marked to the ricasso with the maker’s trademark? to one side and ‘Finest Sheffield steel’ to the other. The Mother of Pearl grips are excellent with no damage and inscribed ‘R.M.S. LANCASTRIA’ (RMS Lancastria was a British ocean liner requisitioned by the UK Government during the Second World War. She was sunk on 17 June 1940 during Operation Aerial. Having received an emergency order to evacuate British nationals and troops from France the ship was loaded well in excess of its capacity of 1,300 passengers. Modern estimates suggest that between 4,000 and 7,000 people died during the sinking the largest single ship loss of life in British maritime history) on a silver plate to one side and an inlaid portrait of the ship to the other. The springs are good and the overall condition is excellent. The price for this piece of history includes UK delivery. 20091.

**ISSUED BUT UN-USED**WW2 Wood Hilt Fairbairn Sykes, FS Far East Operations Commando & RAF Fighting Knife With ‘X7’ Marked Cross Guard & Scabbard. Sn 20164 - 20164
An original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and correct scabbard in very good condition (see Page 137 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). The hilt is natural wood with correct grooved grip and an oval blackened brass cross guard (these daggers were made with both steel and brass cross guards, see item 9.33 page 137 of Flook’s book for an example with brass cross guard. In his book Flook indicates that these wood hilt FS knives were also issued to RAF air crew). The cross guard is stamped ‘X7’ most likely a unit or armoury weapon number. It has a 163 mm steel dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade is clean. The dagger has its original leather scabbard with belt loop, elasticated retaining strap and 4 sewn on leather tabs. The scabbard has a blackened brass chape. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20164

Wild West Era American Saloon Gambler’s Victorian English Form Concealable Spear Point Dagger With Polished Buffalo Horn Hilt, Ornate Etched Gilt Panels & Scabbard. Sn 20165 - 20165
During the Victorian era many London & Sheffield cutlers targeted the rapidly expanding market of the American Wild West. This is a small Victorian English form dagger easily concealable and is of the type carried by Wild West gamblers for self protection in the lawless saloons of frontier towns. The knife has a typical Victorian English form polished Buffalo horn handle with scallop decoration on both sides near to the butt. The hilt has steel finger guard with ball finials. The 5” long, steel flat diamond shaped, spear point blade have ornate foliate etched gilt panels on both sides. The knife measures 9 ¼” overall. There are no visible maker or date marks on the knife. The original brown open top leather scabbard has a brass throat mount and chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20165

*Vintage* c1960 Mares ‘Tris Inox’ Sub Diving Scuba Knife and Sheath Made in Italy. 19966:49. - 19966:49
A dive knife is a stainless steel or titanium knife, usually with a sharp cutting edge and a serrated (sawing) edge. They range in size from very compact to large. Dive tool – a dive knife with the sharp tip replaced with a prying tool. Dive shears – scissors, good for cutting monofilament line. The single edged tipped blade measuring 18 cm (31 cm overall) is serrated to one side. Inox is imprinted to one side of the ricasso and ‘Diving Equipment Ulixes’ to one side of the blade. The grip is ribbed hard plastic with a double finger guard above the blade and steel cap with lanyard ring to the pommel. The sheath is hard plastic/rubber with a belt hoop *three splits but still intact* and silicone knife strap *slight tear but still intact. The price includes UK delivery. 19966:49. (Hunting & Survival)
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