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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.
£175.00

WWII Burma Campaign Chindit Special Forces, Fighting Knife / Combat Bowie & Scabbard. ED 2470. - ED 2470
The Chindits – officially in 1943 designated the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade and in 1944, the 3rd Indian Infantry Division was 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. An example the same as ours is illustrated on page 205 plate 493 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives. 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 rivets. The grips have knocks, bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has a single edged 6 ¾” long blade with correct Bowie type tip. The blade has staining consistent with age. The correct original scabbard is made of leather, stitched along the edges and has a single belt loop to the rear of the scabbard. The scabbard has the correct leather retaining strap with eyelet and brass stud. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2470.
£575.00

1969 British Officer’s Gurkha Presentation Kukri With Buffalo Horn Grip, Chromed Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard With Presentaion Plate To ‘Capt P. Laverack From The Officer’s HQ 99th Gurkha Infantry Brigade’. ED 270. - ED 270
Captain Patrick Laverack joined the British Army in 1947 and was posted to Singapore in the mid 1960’s. He was posted to the 99th Gurkha Brigade at Nee Soon Garrison & in 1972 on his departure from the Brigade he was honoured with the presentation of a Military quality Kukri and scabbard. The kukri has a 12” single edged curved blade with fuller & measures 16 ½” overall. The blade has foliate stipple engraved decoration to the ricasso, The buffalo horn grip has chromed mounts including a Lion’s head pommel cap. It has its original wood lined, leather scabbard which has a chromed chape. The scabbard has 2 pockets for skinners which are absent and is mounted with a chromed presentation plate inscribed `Presented to Captain P. Laverack by the Officers HQ 99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade 1969`. The leather and stitching of the scabbard are loose to the rear-see images. A typed short biographical note from the family of Capt Laverack accompanies this piece. The note contains the information outlined above re the Officer’s posting to The Gurkhas). Price includes UK delivery. ED 270.
£275.00

Large Victorian Era American Combat / Survival Bowie Knife By R.A. Bone and Leather Scabbard. Sn 13828. - Sn 13828
A large Victorian era American combat / survival Bowie knife and leather scabbard based on a 'Collins' knife. This is a large unusual American combat / survival Bowie Knife which has a compressed leather washer grip. The base of the grip and pommel are nonferrous cast metal. The pommel screws off. It has a large 12" blade, 2" wide at its widest point and 17" overall with falchion style tip and twin narrow fullers. The blade is stamped with "R.A. Bone Cast Steel" and a large Lion trade mark. It has a brass straight crossguard. It is in a hand tooled brown leather scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13828.
£625.00

SOLD SOLD (09/11) Large J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knife With Solid Stag Horn Handle & Scabbard. ED 2428 - ED 2428
This is an impressive, original, Large Bowie Knife made in Sheffield by the now deceased J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy Middleton. It has a 10 ¾” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ¾” at its widest edge. The knife measures 16 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield'. It has a scalloped brass cross guard and curved handle made from one piece of solid Stag horn. The Bowie has its brown leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a single belt loop impressed ‘RM’ (either Ron or Roy Middleton who made the scabbards for Middleton & Sons Bowies). All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2428.
£0.00

Bowie Knife & Sheath By John Nowill & Sons Of Sheffield. ED 2406. - ED 2406
This is a quality bowie knife by John Nowill & Sons of Sheffield who have been making quality knives in Sheffield since 1700. The family have traded under various names until John Nowill acquired the cross keys trademark in 1842. This kife has a 6 inch blade which is marked on the blade with JOHN NOWILL & SONS LTD SHEFFIELD EST A.D 1700 flanked with the cross keys and * over D. the knife has a brass crossguard which is secured by 2 brass rivets and wooden rosewood grips which are all secured by 5 brass rivets. The sheath is mad of brown leather with a retaining strap and press stud fastener at the top. ED 2406.
£225.00

David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Spear Point Bowie Knife With Leather Scabbard. Sn 14204. - 14204
David North of Killamarsh Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The spear point steel blade with medial ridge is 6 ¼” long. The knife measures 11” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a brass cross guard with hand tooled decoration and ornate ferrule. Its grooved wood grip is undamaged. The knife has its original hand made leather scabbard with integral belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14204.
£395.00

MINT, English Large 'Fred James' Sheffield Made 'America Land Of The Free & Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Polished Horn Scales, Embossed Mythical Hybrid Horse / Leopard Brass Pommel & Leather Scabbard. Sn 9266. - Sn 9266
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. He began his career in 1935 at Johnson's Portobello Works & continued work at Wostenholm's Washington Works in 1956. In 1971 when the companies of Wostenholm and Rodgers merged, James began his own knife making business (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This Fred James Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife has polished horn scales secured with steel pins. The brass pommel sections are embossed on both sides with a mythical hybrid Horse / Leopard figure. It has a brass cross guard and the 9” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave". The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The scabbard is black leather with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 9266.
£450.00

Near Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Mother of Pearl Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 14858. - 14858
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This beautiful, large hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is 10" long with a false back edge, it is 1 1/2" wide at its widest point. The knife measures 14 3/4” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has an nickel cross guard. Its grips are Mother of Pearl with polished nickel ornate 'Lion' image pommel. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14858.
£525.00

Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield (Sons Of J.E. Middleton) Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle, Eagle's Head Pommel & Sheath. ED 2114 - ED 2114
This is an impressive original Large Bowie Knife made in Sheffield by Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield sons of J.E. Middleton. It has a perfect 9” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ¾” at its widest edge. The back of the blade has scalloped tool work. The knife measures 14 ½” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'R.R. Middleton, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and dramatic stylised Eagle's Head pommel. The handle is made of beautifully curved Stag horn and it is complete with its black leather sheath. The rear of the sheath has a single belt loop impressed ‘RM’. All stitching & leather of the sheath are intact. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2114.
£275.00
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