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German WWI Trench Dagger Scabbard and Leather Belt Loop. ED 2073 - ED 2073
This is a nice German WWI trench dagger (with the exception of the German Nahkampfmesser or (close combat knife), most early trench knives were fabricated by hand by individual soldiers or blacksmiths for the purpose of silently killing sentries and other soldiers during trench raids. These early "trench knives" were often shortened and sharpened Army-issue bayonets. One type of stabbing weapon, the French Nail, was made by cutting and pointing the steel stakes used to support the barbed wire protecting trenches. Some historians say that some trench knives models were inspired by the Bowie knife. This example has a Gottlieb blade (with a Crown D). The wooden grips are held by three rivets and have nine grooves *use related marks-see images*. The scabbard is made of blued metal with leather belt loop. See Fighting Knives by Frederick J Stephens on page 44 for reference. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2073.

German WWII Fighting/Trench Knife & Scabbard (Shortened) 8424:5. - 8424:5
A trench knife is a combat knife designed to kill or incapacitate an enemy at close quarters, such as in a trench or other confined area. It was developed as a close combat weapon for soldiers attacking enemy trenches during the First World War. An example of a World War I trench knife is the German Army's Nahkampfmesser (close combat knife).[4][5]An original German WW2 Fighting/Trench Knife & Scabbard. The regulation model of the (Heer) army had a single edge blade, two smooth wooden grips secured by three rivets and they were made by 5 different manufacturers. The single edge blade has been shortened to 4 ¾ " long and the overall length is 9" The knife is complete with a metal scabbard which has a metal sprung belt/boot clip riveted to it. (see page 75 of German Combat Knives by Christian Mery) The price includes UK delivery. 8424:5.

WW1 Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Bowie Trench Fighting Knife With Ebony Handle & German Silver Fittings Blade Marked With Kings Crown ‘GR’ By Rodgers & Sons Sheffield With Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12569. - 12569
Joseph Rodgers is perhaps rivalled only by George Wostenholm in terms of its importance to Sheffield cutlery and its fame around the world. The mark of The Star and Maltese Cross was registered by the Rodgers Company in 1764. With increasing business in what is thought to have been exclusively Pocket Knives, in around 1780, the firm moved to larger premises at No. 6 Norfolk Street. Eventually, as Rodgers expanded, it would acquire surrounding property until the famous Norfolk Street Works occupied the entire plot. Joseph Rodgers’ success is evident in the firm’s appointment to five successive sovereigns - George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward II and George V. Rodgers & Sons made popular private purchase weapons during WW1 including trench daggers. This a is an original WW1 era British Officer’s private purchase trench fighting knife by Joseph Rodgers & Sons with its original leather scabbard. It has an ebony handle which has a deep chequered design. The pommel has a small, old, stable chip. It has a German Silver ferrule and finger guard. It’s slim, clean, 6 ¾” single edged, Bowie shaped steel blade is marked ‘J. Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk St, Sheffield, England’ together with Kings Crown and ‘GR’ (George Rex) and the reverse with Star and Maltese Cross trademark. The knife measures 11” overall length. Its original brown leather scabbard has a riveted integral belt loop and retaining strap with small buckle. The top 2 rivets on the rear of the scabbard which form the belt loop are absent but an old contemporary repair secures the top of the belt loop to the scabbard body. The rivets could easily be replaced. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12569.

**MINT**Cased, William Rodgers Sheffield, ‘Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ Commemorative Etched Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife (Choice Of Case Colour). Sn 17157:3 - 17157:3
These full size FS daggers are made to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2 & post war. The knife is near mint, measures 11 ¾” overall length and has a blackened alloy or brass ribbed 3rd pattern FS hilt & blackened steel cross guard. The dagger is by the prestigious cutlers William Rodgers of Sheffield. One side of the polished steel blade is etched ‘To Commemorate Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ within scrolling banners. The cross guard bears the William Rodgers Sheffield England’ name. The dagger is contained in its quality leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with black felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price includes UK delivery. (NB A CHOICE OF CASE COLOUR IS AVAILABLE: BLACK,GREEN OR RED). Sn 17157:3.

MINT Boxed & Cased Limited Edition No.75 of 7,500 Commemorative 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'The Battle Of The Rhineland' By Wilkinson Sword From The Sterling Silver WW2 Victory Collection By The American Historical Foundation. ED 251. - ED 251
This superb Sterling Silver 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to as part of their 'WW2 Victory Collection' to commemorate the WW2 Battle Of The Rhineland. Only 7,500 daggers were produced for the Edition. The full size dagger is 11 3/4" overall length and is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blade etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend together with a depiction of the Remagen Bridge over the River Rhine. The ricasso is stamped with the weapons Edition number '75'. The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Battle Of The Rhineland’ with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with grey velour material. The case has a hinged lid and 2 brass clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with grey velour & white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and the silk interior has the wording 'The World War II Victory Collection, The Battle Of The Rhineland Limited Edition Issued By The American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia' all in Gold. Also included is the daggers' certificate of Authenticity issued by the Foundation certifying the dagger as number 75 of 2,500 Worldwide & stating that the knife is ‘Solid Sterling Silver’ together with care instructions. All are contained in their original cardboard shipping box with American Historical Foundation label. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. ED 251

**RARE**Limited Edition One Of Only 400**Cased, WW2 Commemorative Wilkinson Sword Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'United We Conquer 1940-1945' With Etched Blade. Sn 21466 - 21466
The British Commandos were formed in the early stages of the Second World War, in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries. Reaching a war time strength of over 30 individual units and four assault brigades, the Commandos served in all theatres of war from the Arctic Circle to Europe and from the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre to South-East Asia. Their operations ranged from small groups of men landing from the sea or by parachute to a brigade of assault troops spearheading the Allied invasions of Europe and Asia. All Commandos were issued with the iconic FS Fighting knife. This attractive full size (11 ½” overall) 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced post WW2 by Wilkinson Sword in a Limited Edition of 400 blades for the American market & 500 for the British & Canadian markets to Commemorate the British Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945 (see page 97 items 482 & 483 of the book ‘Fighting Knives’ by Stephens). The knife is in excellent condition. It has a blued blade etched on both sides, one side ‘United We Conquer 1940-1945’. The reverse with panel of foliate decoration. The ricasso of one side is etched with the Wilkinson Sword manufacturer's panel & QEII Royal Appointment. The reverse has Wilkinson name & Royal appointment together with ‘US’ indicating this is one of the 400 blades made for the American market (there is no visible blade production number). The ribbed 3rd pattern handle and cross guard retain their original blue finish. The dagger is contained in its later quality made leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with green felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this rare, limited edition FS includes UK delivery. Sn 21466

WW1 Era German Philipp Schmid Nurnberg Trench/Fighting Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21465 - 21465
This is an excellent original WW1 era German trench / fighting knife and leather scabbard. The knife has excellent undamaged solid Stag antler scales each secured by 3 steel pins (see page 38 item 162 of Stephen's book 'Fighting Knives' where a similar un-named variant made pre WW1 is illustrated). The dagger is full tang with integral small finger guard. The single edged steel blade is 5” length. The undamaged blade has some areas of light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked on one side by the manufacturer or retailer ‘Philipp Schmid Nurnberg’. It is just under 10” overall length. The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with steel throat mount and chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21465

French Model 1833 Naval Boarding Dirk / Fighting Knife With Naval Anchor & Other Inspection Marks, Triangular Section Blade & Scabbard. Sn 21464 - 21464
These dirks were carried by French Navy boarding parties when attacking enemy ships. They were normally carried as a back up to a cutlass, axe or pike. Many of these weapons found their way into the Union and Confederate Navies before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Our example of the M 1833 dirk is in excellent condition. It has the correct, clean, 6 ¾” triangular section blade. The blade has a small inspection mark (illustrated). Its wood handle has no damage and correct pommel nut with fixed lanyard ring. The brass finger guard has crisp Naval ‘anchor’ and other inspection marks (all illustrated). The dirk is contained in its triangular form steel scabbard with brass chape The throat of the scabbard has a leather tab with eyelet for belt or uniform attachment. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21464 (fighting knives box)

British Wostenholm Sheffield IXL Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2503. - ED 2503
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wostenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wostenholm business now forms part of the Egginton Group, Sheffield. This is an excellent Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife by Wostenholm. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate tooled brass finger guard and pommel bolsters. One finger guard bolster is marked ‘Wostenholm IXL Sheffield England’, the other ‘Made In Sheffield’ both within foliate tooled decoration. It has a clean 4" single edged blade which is razor sharp and measures 8 ¼” overall length. The dagger is complete with original brown leather open top scabbard with rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2503. (Small fixed blades box)

Victorian Era North West Frontier Pesh-Kabz Choora / Khyber Afghan Armour Piercing Knife With Ornately Decorated Polished Bone Sectioned Grips & Scabbard. Sn 21449:8 - 21449:8
The Pesh-Kabz or Choora is a type of Perso-Afghan knife designed to penetrate chain mail armour (see page 494 of Stone's book 'A Glossary Of Arms & Armour'). The knives were typically used as a thrusting weapon, however, the wide ‘T’ section blade also has considerable slicing performance, and as such may also be used effectively with slashing or cutting strokes. During the British Colonial rule in India, the British frequently referred to all Afghan blades of this pattern collectively as "Afghan knives" or "Khyber knives", after the Khyber Pass that marked the transition from British India to the nation of Afghanistan. In India, manufacture of the pesh-kabz was centred in the northern city of Bhera, now part of Pakistan. During the First and Second Anglo-Afghan wars, the pesh-kabz was frequently the weapon of choice for finishing off wounded British and colonial troops, as the Afghan tribesmen did not take prisoners except for use as hostages. This is an attractive original example of the pesh-kabz / choora made in the Victorian era. It has an 8 ¼” single edged T section blade (13 ¼” overall). The blade with single edge narrows to a pin sharp point and its cutting edge is sharp. The spine of the blade has hand tooled decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age. It has the correct curved pronged pommel with small metal plate protrusion with hole for wrist cord and finger guard. The grip frame is decorated with hand tooled geometric and foliate designs with naïve coloured enamel insets and highlights. The scales are formed from sections of polished bone, secured by a series of pins. The knife is complete with its original wood lined, brass covered scabbard. The scabbard has ornate hand tooled decoration. The price for this attractive Khyber knife includes UK delivery. Sn 21449:8 (in fighting knives box)
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