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C1970’s Early Production Number 26, Yancey Colorado USA (1st Makers Of These Knives)Applegate Fairbairn Fighting Knife & Original Scabbard By Tex Shoemaker & Sons. ED 2667 - ED 2667
A development of the WW2 FS knife was the Applegate Fairburn fighting knife, designed by Col. Rex Applegate (United States OSS) and Capt. W.E Fairbairn (British Royal Marines). These knives were initially made by the USA firm Yancey Estes Park Colorado and a few years later by AL MAR Japan and Boker Germany. This is an early production Yancey Applegate FS combat knife. It has the correct black Lexan plastic handle, oval in section and grooved for grip. The handle is holed for wrist cord. The brass guard is angled away from the handle and stamped number ‘26’ also indicating early production. It has a clean 6 ¼” steel blade with a makers mark on one side ‘Yancey Estes Park Colo’ & has the etched facsimile signatures of both Applegate and Fairbairn on it. The other side is etched ‘AF’ (Applegate Fairbairn). The knife is razor sharp & has its original black leather scabbard with Velcro fastening retaining strap and belt loop. The rear has a steel belt or boot clip. The rear of the belt loop is impressed with USA Texas star within the star is ‘Tex Shoemaker & Sons’. The scabbard has brass ringed holes for lanyard cords. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2667

WW2 Australian Wood Gripped Fighting Knife By East Bros. Sydney. Sn 11617. - 11617
A WW2 Australian wood gripped fighting knife by East Brothers, Sydney which are one of 4 known makers of these knives. This version of the Australian fighting knife was used by the Australians and also made under contact for the US Forces based in Australia during WW2. The knife has contemporary personalised dark wood grips secured with three steel rivets. The slab gips have a hand carved initial on one side "H W" and also the official Australian inspection mark of ‘EW’. It has a thin steel straight cross guard *slight movement*. The blade is a single edged spear-point blade which is in good condition. The ricasso is stamped on one side with "East Bros. Sydney". The blade measures 6" long, 11 ¼ " overall. See page 174 in 'The British and Commonwealth Military Knives' book by Ron Flook. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11617. (Fighting Knives)

An Excellent William Rodgers Of Sheffield, England Ebony Handled Bowie Knife & Black Leather Sheath. Sn 13889. - 13889
This is a top quality bowie knife by the premier Sheffield knife maker William Rodgers. It is clearly marked on one side of the blade with "William Rodgers Sheffield, England". The grips are black ebony, chequered and held in place by one pin. The polished blade measures 4 ¾ " long. The scabbard is top quality black leather with a belt loop riveted to the back. These knives were often carried by officers in WW1. (See 'The Sheffield Knife Book' by Geoffrey Tweedale page 257-265 and Ron Flooks ' British & Commonwealth Military Knives' pages 23, plate 29 for a WW1 knife of a similar style with a knuckleduster). A top quality knife in excellent condition by a premier Sheffield maker. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13889. (Drawers)

'Unknown Origin' (Possibly Italian ‘Arditi’) Heavy Fighting Knife in later Scabbard Sn 8424:49. - 8424:49
An 'Unknown Origin' (Possibly Italian) heavy fighting knife in a later scabbard. The Fighting knife has a one piece light wood smooth grip, the blade is secured with two bolts. It has a straight guard and polished steel double edged blade. The blade measures 7 ¼ " long and 1" wide at its widest point. This is a heavy duty fighting knife. The scabbard is later, and made of tan leather, it fits the knife perfectly and has a securing loop fastened with a brass press stud. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 8424:49.

British Army Survival Knife and Leather Sheath. ED 2665 - ED 2665
Known as the 'jungle knife' this has become a classic. Also known as the tree slapper, Sometimes referred to as a Wilkie because these knives were once made by Wilkinson Sword before being taken over by Sheffield Knives, Nearly a quarter of an inch thick and 7 ¼ “ long with a one piece steel blade with full tang. They were built to last in Sheffield to UK Government specifications. Chemically blackened blade suitable for heavy chopping and even digging, supplied with riveted brown leather belt sheath. The wooden grips are held in place with 3 copper rivets with leather insets to absorb shock; they are over-sized as to promote protection against frostbite when being used in freezing conditions. The grips ae stamped ‘127 8214 JA 1993 with Broad Arrow. The blade has been re-sharpened and the grips and sheath are in very good condition. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2665.

**BEST QUALITY** Carl Eickhorn German Hunting Dagger With Superb Hunting Scenes Etched Blade, Stag Antler Grip, Ornate Solid Silver Fittings & Scabbard. ED 2660 - ED 2660
This is an excellent Carl Eickhorn Hunting dagger. These substantial weapons were not only symbols of rank but were also carried when hunting large game such as Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This best quality example has a solid Stag antler handle mounted on one side with a row of solid silver acorns. It has a silver clamshell on one side cast with a game bird sitting on a branch of a tree, Deer’s legs re-curving silver cross guard and silver oak leaf pommel cap with acorn top. All of the fittings are heavy. The fittings have crisp, deep cast decoration. Its 10" single edged blade has beautiful country hunting scenes on both sides and the back of the blade has oak leaf decoration. The blade is marked by the manufacturer ‘Eickhorn Solingen’ together with Squirrel trade mark. The sidearm measures 16 ½” overall length and is complete with its original black leather scabbard with solid silver mounts. The upper mount has a silver acorn shaped locket stud and the chape is decorated with the representation of a ‘Stag in the field’. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The rice for this antique Imperial German sidearm & scabbard which would have been a very expensive piece in the period includes UK delivery. ED 2660

Decorated Spanish Toledo Dagger. 19830. - 19830
This type of dagger - known as the Spanish defence dagger - was made especially in the cities of Toledo and Albacete, from the 18th century until the beginning of the 20th. This lovely 14.25cm blade is decorated with scrolling foliage and etched with a panel ‘FABRICA DE TOLEDO’ its characteristic hilt is decorated with panels of scrolling foliage. It has a spherical pommel and is contained in its steel scabbard decorated to match. All in very good aged condition with a nice patina throughout. The price for this nice Spanish dagger includes UK delivery. 19830. (Drawers)

WW2 Burma Campaign Chindit Special Forces, Fighting Knife / Combat Bowie (Slim Blade Variant) & Scabbard. Sn 19882 - 19882
The Chindits – officially in 1943 designated the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and in 1944, the 3rd Indian Infantry Division were a British "Special Force" that served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 during the Burma Campaign in WW2. This is an original combat bowie carried by Chindit troops. These fighting knives were manufactured in India during WW2 and come in a number of variations (see page 206 plate 495 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives where a Chindit knife with the same narrow blade and same black leather scabbard as our example are illustrated). As is common with these knives there are no manufacturer or date marks on our example. The wood slab grips are secured to the Tang by 3 brass rivets. The grips are undamaged. It has a single edged 7 ½” long blade with correct Bowie type tip. The blade has staining consistent with age and is sharpened to a razor sharp cutting edge. The correct original scabbard is made of black leather, stitched along the seams and has a single belt loop to the rear of the scabbard. The scabbard has the correct leather retaining strap with eyelet and press stud fastener. The price for this rare Chindit knife includes UK delivery. Sn 19882

Victorian Era, Brookes & Crookes Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With German Silver Cross Guard & Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 19827 - 19827
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 export (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an excellent Victorian Bowie Knife Brookes & Crookes. It measures 12 ¼” overall with a 7 ¼” spear point bowie blade which is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is stamped by the maker ‘Brookes & Crookes Sheffield’ together with their ‘bell’ trademark. The excellent chequered polished Buffalo horn scales are undamaged and secured to the tang by German Silver pins. The cross guard is German Silver. The dagger is complete with brown leather open top scabbard with belt loop. The vertical edges of the scabbard have tooled decoration. The scabbard has a German Silver throat mount & chape. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact with just light rubbing to the leather consistent with age. The price for this excellent Victorian Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 19827

WW1 Era Imperial German Fighting / Trench Knife By Gottleib Hammesfahr Solingen Foche & Scabbard With Integral Belt Loop. Sn 19835 - 19835
An original German WW1 Fighting / Trench Knife and scabbard with integral frog (see page 44 of ‘German Combat Knives 1914-1945’ by Christian Mery where a Gottlieb knife & scabbard the same as ours is illustrated). The knife has a blackened 6” blade with medial ridge and has an overall length of 11 ¼”. The blade is crisply marked "Gottlieb Hammesfahr Solingen Foche " on one side, the reverse has a small Imperial Crown Inspection mark. The grips are wooden with typical nine diagonally carved grooves. The grips are secured with 2 brass rivets. It is complete with its original metal scabbard which has traces of original black paint. The throat has a leather belt loop riveted to it. The belt loop has a single retaining strap with press stud fastener. The leather of the belt loop has service wear but is intact and secure. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19835
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