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WW1 1917 U.S. Army L.F. & C (Landers Frary & Clark), Henry Diston & Sons Design, Trench / Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2396 - ED 2396
In 1917 several designs were submitted to the U.S. Ordnance Department for a new fighting knife. The design by Henry Diston & Sons, Philadelphia was chosen over others (see pages 22 – 23 of Cole’s book U.S. Military Knives).This is an excellent original example of the Diston design Model 1917 Trench/ Fighting Knife. The blade is a simple but effective blackened 9” blackened triangular spike (14 ¼” overall) secured to a contoured walnut grip with finger grooves. The steel knuckle bow bears a row of pressed pyramid shaped steel knuckles. The guard of the bow is crisply stamped 'US (Army) L.F&C (Landers Frary & Clark) 1917". The original green leather scabbard has blackened fittings including an integral brass Wire belt hanger all in great condition. The throat mount is stamped ‘M.S’, there are no visible maker or date marks on the leather. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2396 (American Knives Box)
£1,275.00

WW2 U.S. Marine Corps Case Cutlery (New York) V-44 Combat / Survival Bowie Knife & Scabbard. Sn 21631 - 21631
An excellent original WW2 United States V-44 Combat and Survival Bowie knife by the New York Company Case Cutlery (see page 130 of ‘United States Military Knives Collectors Guide’ by Silvey & Boyd). Officially a survival knife the U.S. Marine Corps used them as a fighting knife against the Japanese. It is a huge knife measuring 14 ¾” in length and with a black synthetic slab sided handle secured by 3 rivets. It has a brass cross guard with ball ends. It has a 9 ½” long, clean broad steel bowie blade with falchion - style tip and twin narrow fullers. The blade has a crisp 'Casexx' signature. It is accompanied by its leather scabbard with rear riveted belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. There are no manufacturer marks on the scabbard. The price for this WW2 era Combat / Survival knife includes UK delivery. Sn 21631 (American Knives Box)
£575.00

WW2 U.S.M.C. Collins & Co Legitimus No.18 V-44 Combat / Survival Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21080 - 21080
An original WW2 United States V-44 Legitimus Combat and Survival Bowie knife by Collins & Co (see page 67 of Stephen’s book ‘Fighting Knives ‘ and plate 322 which illustrates a Collins & Co Legitimus No.18 mark the same as our example). Officially a survival knife the U.S. Marine Corps used them as a fighting knife against the Japanese. It is a large knife measuring 14” overall length and with polished horn scales secured by 5 brass rivets. The top edge of one side of each scale have an old stable chip but are totally secure. It has a brass cross guard with rounded finials. The Bowie type blade is 9 ¼” length with drop point and twin fullers. The blade has light staining consistent with age & the cutting edge is sharp with a few small old nibbles. The blade is marked with manufacturer’s mark ‘Collins & Co, Crown & trademark, Legitimus Made In USA No.18’. It is accompanied by its open top brown leather scabbard with rear riveted belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21080 (in American knives box)
£675.00

Victorian C1840 English Sheffield Trade Polished Horn Coffin Handle American Frontier Era, Expedition Bowie Belt Knife & Scabbard. Sn 21525 - 21525
This is a Coffin Handle American Frontier Era, Expedition Fighting / Utility Knife most likely made in England by the Sheffield cutlery trade for export to the USA for the expanding American Frontier market. This type of flat profile knife were ideal for belt carry. Crude but practical it has a slim 8” long Bowie blade which is 4mm thick and 1” wide at its broadest. The knife is 13 ½” overall length. This example has all the patina age and construction of a Frontier Bowie made in the early to mid 1800’s. This Bowie has a polished horn coffin handle secured by steel pins and brass finger guard. The blade has light staining consistent with age and is sharp with no damage or nicks to the cutting edge. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the knife. These knives are often found without scabbards, unusually our Bowie has its original leather open top scabbard which has a brass throat mount. The scabbard is without belt loop again indicating design for waistband carry. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21525 (bowie box)
£475.00

**BROAD & STURDY**Victorian C1840 English Sheffield Trade Coffin Handle American Frontiersman, Expedition Fighting / Utility Knife. Sn 21526 - 21526
This is a Coffin Handle American Frontier Era, Expedition Fighting / Utility Knife most likely made in England by the Sheffield cutlery trade for export to the USA for the expanding American Frontier market. This type of knife were used by Pioneer Wagon Train Drivers & Riders and Hunters / Fighters in the wars against Native American Indians. Crude but large and practical it has a heavy 7 ¼” long single edged blade which is 5mm thick and 2 ½” wide at its broadest. The knife is 12 ¾” overall length. This example has all the patina age and construction of a Frontier Bowie made in the early to mid 1800’s. This substantial piece has an ebonised wood coffin handle secured around the edges by steel pins and heavy steel finger guard the underside of which has punch dot decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age and is sharp with no damage or nicks to the cutting edge. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the knife. The weight and size of this piece would have made it very useful for Frontiersmen as a fighting knife or hunting knife. As is typical of this type of knife it is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21526 (fighting and hunting knives box)
£475.00

*Scarce* Type 2 (End of 1943) U.S. M3 Trench Knife by ‘IMPERIAL’ Complete with its M8A1 Scabbard by P.W.H. ED 867. - ED 867
This is a superb and original Type 2 U.S. M3 Trench Knife with a M8A1 scabbard with integral frog. This Type 2 M3 fighting knife was made by IMPERIAL (Imperial Schrade Corp. was an American knife manufacturer of hunting knives, pocketknives, utility knives, and bayonets during the 20th and early 21st centuries. The consolidation of five forerunner companies, including its namesakes, the Imperial Knife Company, founded 1916, and the Schrade Cutlery Company, founded in 1904) towards the end of 1943. The M3 knife is contained in a M8A1 scabbard made by P.W.H. (Pennsylvania Working Home for the blind) and comes complete with its leg tie. The knifes pommel is stamped with the flaming grenade stamp. The type 2 knife has the usual leather washer grip which is tight with no movement *very minor movement in the finger guard*. This knife is a nice complete and rare to find combination of a blade marked M3 knife in its matching M8A1 scabbard. See M.H.Cole, ‘U.S Military Knives Bayonets and Machetes Book III’ page 97 No 12. The price for this scarce knife and scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 867. (American Knives & Bayonets).
£695.00

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

**EARLY BLADE MARKED**WW2 1943 U.S M3 Fighting Knife & M8A1 Scabbard With Integral Frog By BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Company) & VP (Victory Plastics). Sn 21091 - 21091
This is an original WW2 U.S M3 Fighting Knife & M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog (see pages 95-101 of Cole’s book U.S Military Knives). Its 6 ¾” blade has no damage & aged patina. The blade has crisp marking ‘US M3 1943’. There is no visible maker mark, usually found on these blades, the maker mark may have rubbed off during service use. Only early blades were stamped with marking, later examples had markings on the cross guard. It has the correct undamaged compressed leather washer ringed handle. & the top of the pommel has the Frankford Arsenal ignited grenade mark. The knife is complete with its original green plastic M8A1 scabbard with integral green webbing frog which has a single retaining strap and press stud fastener. The upper mount of the scabbard is stamped 'USM8A1' & by the manufacturer 'BM Co' (Beckwith Manufacturing Company). The rear has ‘VP’ (Victory Plastics) above number 16. The tip of the scabbard is correctly holed for thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21091 (American Knives & Knife Bayonets Box)
£395.00

**UN-ISSUED CONDITION**WW2 ‘KI’ (Kinfolks) M3 Fighting Knife & M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog By BM Co (Beckwith Manufacturing Company) & ‘VP’ (Victory Plastics) & Coiled Leather Thigh Cord. ED 889 - ED 889
An excellent WW2 US M3 Fighting Knife By Kinfolks, M8 Scabbard With Integral Frog & Coiled leather thigh cord all in excellent un-issued condition. Kinfols Incorporated werer based in Little Valley new York USA, they made approx. 135,548 M3 fighting knives (see pages 95-101 of Cole’s book U.S Military Knives and page 97 item No.16 where a cross guard marking the same as ours are illustrated). The underside of the cross guard is stamped "US M3 KI (Kinfolks)". The compressed leather ringed handle and blade are undamaged. The top of the pommel has the 'ignited grenade' Frankford Arsenal mark. The knife has a blackened 6 ¾” blade with medial ridge & is complete with original green plastic M8 scabbard with integral green webbing frog which has a single retaining strap, press stud fastener and hanging bar. The upper mount of the scabbard is stamped 'USM8' & by the manufacturer 'BM Co'(Beckwith Manufacturing Company). The rear of the scabbard is marked ‘VP’ (Victory Plastics) above number ‘32’. The chape is holed for thigh cord and fitted with original coiled leather thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. ED 889 (American Knives & Knife Bayonets Box)
£575.00

C1962 U.S. Camillus Type 2 Jet Pilots Survival Knife and Sheath with Sharpener. 21066. - 21066
This Camillus Type 2 Jet Pilots knife was shortened to a 5” blade in 1962. It was developed by the U.S. Navys weapons bureau and Marbles Arms Corp in 1957. It was designed and engineered as a key weapon for use by the Navy Air Corps. Although Marbles Arms Corps was instrumental in developing this knife, most of those that furnished the Navy were made by Camillus Cutlery Co. Then re-designed in 1962 when the blade was shortened by one inch. See pages 147 & 148 of U.S. Military Knives by M.H.Cole. It has the correct undamaged compressed leather washer ringed handle. The riccasso has crisp marking ‘Camillus New York U.S.A.’ (Camillus Cutlery Company New York). The double edged blade is clean as is the saw toothed back edge. The hilt has two small holes which can be used to be fastened to the wrist. The oversized sheath with extra rivets is in excellent condition with the original sharpening stone present. The hexagonal butt plate/knob is designed to be used as a hammer. The price for this set includes UK delivery. 21066. (American Knives Box)
£225.00
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