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**NEW TO MARKET DIRECT FROM FAMILY OF WW2 PARA JOSEPH ELLIOT**WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard With Provenance & Sepia Copies Of Original WW2 Photos Of The Soldier In Theatre. Sn 21429 - 21429
This is an original WW2 2nd Pattern FS fighting knife, new to the market, recently acquired direct from the family of WW2 veteran Joseph Elliot service number APV000200777 who served in 2 Para in the Italy & Greece theatres of war. Correspondence from Mr Elliot’s son, himself an ex 2 para member who served post war states “I have my father’s dagger which he used in WW2. He was in 2 Para under Johnny Frost mainly Scottish lads and I have tried my best to get his war records which unfortunately they wont release to me for some reason. I will be 80 when they release it. I am ex 2 Para myself ”. The correspondence also included 2 copies of period images of Mr Elliot while serving in Italy & Greece during WW2. One image a portrait believed taken in Greece 1944, the other a Platoon group photo titled ‘4th Battalion ‘C’ Coy 10 Platoon Italy 1943’. In the correspondence, regarding the images his son states that the portrait was taken in ‘Greece 1944’ & that Mr Elliot is seated ‘second row top, third in from left’ in the 1943 Italy image. Extracts from email correspondence and copies of the images from the family accompany the knife. This is an excellent WW2 WD 2nd pattern, ‘B2’ FS dagger to WW2 Para Joseph Elliot (B WD arrow marks are identified as a known WW2 stamp on 2nd pattern FS knives, see page 87 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard which is faintly stamped with partially visible ‘Broad Arrow B2’ marks. The knife has a 160 mm long steel blade with medial ridge. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its original period scabbard has a brass chape. It has an integral belt loop. As is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent & 2 of its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21429
£895.00

WW2, U.S Cattaraugus 225Q ' Quartermasters' Fighting Utility Knife And Sheath. ED 886. - ED 886
During WW2 Quartermaster staff needed a heavy duty combat knife which was strong enough to open ammunition boxes and crates. The American Company Cattaraugus produced the 225Q (Q for Quartermaster), which because of their strength, soon found their way into regular service as a combat knife ( see page 67 Of U.S Military Knives By Cole & page 123 of US Military Knives Collectors Guide By Silvey & Boyd). This is a nice original example. It has a sturdy, broad single edged fullered 6 1/4" blade (10 ½” inches overall). The ricasso is crisply engraved with the 'Cattaraugus' signature legend and designation '225Q'. The blade has some areas of staining consistent with age. Its banded handle made from compressed leather washers is in good condition with just service wear to be expected. It has a steel finger guard and large oval steel pommel with flat chequered end. The knife is complete with original leather sheath with stud fastening retaining strap which functions perfectly and integral belt loop. Price includes UK delivery. ED 886.(Fighting Knives)
£245.00

**MINT**RARE**ISSUED BUT UNUSED**WW2 Era British Wilkinson Sword London 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 21440 - 21440
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an excellent, rare to find, near mint, issued but unused condition, WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of FS daggers with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard. The knife has a 171 mm long blued blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is crisply marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The blade is clean. Its original scabbard has a blackened brass chape. It has an integral belt loop with elasticated strap & original 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21440
£1,475.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Dagger With Silver Plated Fittings By Eickhorn Solingen & Scabbard. Sn 21385:18 - 21385:18
An original German Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Dagger. The dagger’s blade is excellent, clean with crisp makers name and squirrel Logo 'Original Eickhorn Solingen'. It has the distinctive Kriegsmarine 'Eagle Pommel, ornate cross guard with scabbard retaining button that works as it should and correct Ivory hue resin grip with wire binding which is tight and secure. The cross guard retains some of its original silver plate finish. The dagger is complete with original scabbard which is decorated with a 'hammered' and etched design. The scabbard has 2 hanging ring mounts with Oak leaf decoration. The mounts are fitted with original hanging rings. The scabbard has a couple of minor dents consistent with service wear and only visible on close inspection. The price for includes UK delivery. Sn 21385:18
£575.00

WW2 Era British WD All Steel Hilt Variant Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With 7 Knurled Rings & Scabbard. Sn 21895 - 21895
Like many variants of the FS knife there are various theories as to the origins of the all steel knives. Generally put about is that they were dropped into Europe for use by the resistance. There is also anecdotal evidence indicating use by Home guard. At least one of these knives was recovered in the wreck of a Sherman tank which sank off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion (see pages 131 to 133 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook). This is an excellent, original, all steel hilt variant British WD FS knife and scabbard. It has the correct blued all steel hilt which has 7 knurled grip rings. The oval cross guard is blued. The knife has a 178 mm long, clean, blued blade with medial ridge. Its original leather scabbard has an integral belt loop and blued brass external chape. It retains its original elasticated retaining strap and as is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21895
£595.00

WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Quality Period Custom Made Scabbard. ED 2656 - ED 2656
A very good 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 much of its blackened finish and a 163mm blued steel blade with medial ridge. The clean blade is sharp. It has a number 1 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy handle and has a blued steel cross guard. The dagger is complete with quality period custom made leather scabbard. The thick leather hide scabbard’s long belt loop has stitched on webbing reinforcement bands. The scabbard has heavy duty stitched edges and the tip is holed and fitted with brass ring for thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2656
£475.00

Victorian Era Colquhoun & Cadman Sheffield ‘Go Ahead’ Trademark Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 21420 - 21420
Edward Dewing Colquhoun ( 1833-1907) & Edwin Cadman (1856-1937) were Sheffield cutlers based at the Douglas Works 113 Arundel Street making knives, joiner’s tools, razors and ice skates. The partnership created their ‘Go Ahead’ trademark which would be sold to Thomas Ellin & Co shortly before Colquhoun’s death in 1907(see page 161 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Expanded 2nd Edition). This is a nice original Victorian ‘Go Ahead’ trademark Bowie by Colquhoun & Cadman with original Scabbard. It has undamaged stag antler scales secured by steel pins. One scale is mounted with a void German silver bar and it has an oval German silver cross guard. It has a 7” single edged, steel bowie blade, signed by the makers ‘Colquhoun & Cadman Sheffield’ together with their ‘Go Ahead’ Trademark. The Bowie measures just under 11 ½” overall length. Its original open top brown leather scabbard has a single copper riveted belt loop to the rear and stitched seam to the front. The leather of the scabbard is clean with just very light small areas of carry scuffs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21420 (in Bowies box)
£645.00

Victorian Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield ‘Hunting Knife’ Folding Bowie With Polished Horn Scales, German Silver Fittings & Later Quality Bespoke Made Scabbard. Sn 21297 - 21297
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 pages 522-530 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Expanded 2nd Edition). This is an excellent Victorian era Bowie made at Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street premises. The 7” long, steel blade with medial ridge 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 swivelling brass finger guard consisting of 2 plates secured to the blade shank by a single brass pin allowing movement of the cross guard as normally found on folding Bowies. 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 Maltese type cross trade marks. The blade has just light age related staining. The blade is released for closing by depression of a bar on the spine of the hilt. Open the knife is 12 ½” overall length, closed 8 ½”. Its later quality made brown leather scabbard has a full flap cover with eyelet that fastens to a brass lug on the front of the scabbard. To the rear it has a single riveted belt loop. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price for this Victorian folding Bowie by one of the famous Sheffield cutlers includes UK delivery. Sn 21297 (drawers Office)
£575.00

**LARGE** Victorian / Edwardian American Wild West Era / African Export Piece S&J Kitchin Sheffield ‘Snake Brand’ Hunting Knife With Polished Horn Scales Inset With Brass Hunting Scenes & Later Bespoke Leather Scabbard. Sn 21296 - 21296
The "Snake Brand" trademark on cutlery was registered to Samuel Kitchin of Sheffield at least as early as the 1860's. The Kitchin family settled in Shefield around 1737 (see page 219 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). The founder Samuel was regularly listed as a cutler in Sheffield directories. By 1868 he had been joined by John (possibly son) at the Soho works in Summerfield Street. In the early 20th century the Company exported knives to Wild West USA and Africa (marketing to African tribesmen). This is an excellent original large S&J Kitchin Sheffield ‘Snake Brand’ hunting knife no doubt an export piece for the American or African market. The full tang knife has a 14” long single edged steel blade which is 2” broad at its widest and it measures 19” overall length. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and no damage to the cutting edge. One side of the blade has Kitchin’s ‘Snake Brand’ trademark. The knife has polished horn scales, each inset with brass hunting scene figures depicting a Stag being chased by hunting dogs and mounted riders. The scales are secured by brass pins. The knife is contained in its later quality made bespoke open top leather scabbard. The leather has tooled decoration to the front and a single belt loop to the rear. All leather and stitching are clean and intact. The price for this impressive knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 21296 (hunting & survival box)
£625.00

**RARE, ORIGINAL, STERILE** WW2 British Commando/ SOE / Special Forces Smatchet & Scabbard. Sn 21422 - 21422
In many respects the WW2 British Special Forces Smatchet is one of the most mysterious British issue knives of the period. Its development appears to have been around the same time as the F-S Commando dagger i.e. 1940-41. The Smatchet is listed as equipment issued to Commandos for D-day and are attributed as being used by the Special Operation Executive (SOE). While some examples bear War Dept Broad arrows no examples have been found bearing manufacturer's names (see pages 234 to 237 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). Illustrated in image 1 is a copy of a period photograph of members of SOE Force 136 with Smatchets (see page 235 plate 14.14 of Flook’s book). This rare, original example of the Smatchet is clean and undamaged. It has the correct large leaf shaped blade 10 ¾” in length and has just light staining consistent with age and original ebonised wood grip. It has a large oval brass cross guard and correct alloy pommel holed for wrist cord. As is common with special forces weapons this smatchet is sterile having no manufacturer or WD marks. Its original open top scabbard is leather over wood former. The leather and stitching are clen and intact. The throat is fitted with a leather retaining strap with press stud fastener and the rear has a riveted belt loop which is intact but has a small stable cut in its mid-section. The price for this rare piece of WW2 Special Forces Equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 21422 (in FS box)
£1,250.00
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