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**RARE**Inter War & WW2 British Chindit Gurkha Kukri With Heavy Stabbing & Chopping Form Blade & 1922 Dated WD Leather Scabbard By ‘Ca’ Cawpore Arsenal. Sn 21788 - 21788
This is an original British Chindit Gurkha Military Kukri, similar form Kukris and scabbards are illustrated on page 196 plate 465 & page 197 plate 467 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives (illustrated in our images). On page 196 of his book he describes these Kukris as being a mystery with regards to the troops / units they were made for but states he has seen them being worn by British troops in India between the wars. He adds that they are unlike other Kukris in that they can be used in a stabbing mode and are accompanied by a sheath of different design to the norm. Our example has a 12 ½” single edged heavy blade curved for chopping and tapering to a sharp stabbing point. The spine of the blade is 5mm thick & it measures 17 ¼” overall. The blackened blade has been sharpened in the field during its life. The blade has no visible markings The wood grip scales are correctly secured by 3 rivets and are undamaged. It comes with its original leather scabbard which is similar to the scabbard illustrated in his book (see images). The open top scabbard has a retaining strap with eyelet that fastens to a brass stud on the scabbard, belt loop and riveted seam. The front of the scabbard is dated 1922 and ‘Ca’ (Indian Cawpore Arsenal) together with ‘C WD arrow 12’. The belt loop is impressed with number ‘5’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21788 (fighting knives box)

**MASSIVE**Victorian Sheffield Cast Steel Railway Commemorative Bowie Knife With Etched Locomotive Pulling A Coal Tender & Passenger Carriages Along Train Track Scene. Sn 21698 - 21698
This is a Massive fully functional English Bowie. This size of Bowie were produced as Commemorative pieces celebrating periods of history. This massive Victorian Bowie was most likely made to commemorate the evolvement of Victorian steam locomotives & the railway system. The 18” long Bowie has undamaged, thick wood scales secured to the full tang by steel pins. It has a heavy cast brass finger guard. The knife’s impressive 11 ¼” long blade is 7mm thick up to the drop point and 3 ½” broad at its widest. The polished steel blade has just small areas of staining consistent with age and storage. There are no damage or nicks to the cutting edge. One side of the blade has an etched scene depicting a Locomotive emitting steam pulling a coal tender & passenger carriages along a railway track. The blade is also etched with 3 Queen’s crowns & ‘Warranted Sheffield Cast Steel’. The Bowie weighs a hefty 1.5 Kg. Although useable as a knife this Bowie was never made to be carried and is correctly without scabbard. The price for this massive Bowie, a great conversation / display piece includes UK delivery. Sn 21698

**Large**Gregory Brothers Beehive Works Sheffield Hunting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 21719 - 21719
The Sheffield Cutlers Gregory Brothers first appeared in Sheffield directories in 1907 as a knife, spoon, and fork manufacturer at the Exchange Works, Egerton Street. The senior partner was Samuel Alfred Gregory, who had been born in 1877 and was one of the sons of Samuel Gregory (see William Gregory). By 1916, the company had moved to nearby Bishop Street and was concentrating on the manufacture of knives, especially butchers’, skinning, and sticking knives. In 1962, the firm merged with Joseph Fenton & Sons to form Gregory Fenton Ltd at Beehive Works, Milton Street (the former Sykes Works of Fenton). The owner was Brian Trevor Jay. The firm had a forging-hammer trade mark (like William Gregory & Sons), but had adopted the ‘BEEHIVE’ of Marples & Co. This large Gregory Brothers hunting knife has Rose wood scales. One scale has a scalloped edge for grip. The single edged steel blade is 11" long and has staining consistent with age. The blade is just under 1 ¾” wide at its broadest and 3mm thick. One side of the blade is stamped with the maker’s name and ‘Beehive’ trademark. The knife is 16 ¼” overall length and has a brass finger guard. The knife comes with its brown leather scabbard in which it was found. The open top scabbard has a rear belt loop. All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21719

**QUALITY MAKER**Post 1911 George V Or George VI Era Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stippled Polished Horn Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21626 - 21626
Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making in the 19th & 20th century. The Star and Maltese cross were granted to Rodgers by the Company in 1764 and both he and later his sons continued to produce quality knives throughout the Victorian era and into the 20th Century at various premises in Sheffield including the world famous 6 Norfolk Street. Due to the high quality of their work Rodgers & Sons were awarded Royal Warrants (see pages 522 to 530 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013 2nd Edition). This is an excellent spear point Bowie made by Rodgers & Sons at their Norfolk Street premises sometime in the reign of either King George V or VI. It has stippled polished horn scales secured by steel pins & oval German silver cross guard (one scale has a small stable secure crack near to the top edge only visible on close inspection). It has a 7” spear point Bowie blade. The blade is clean & crisply marked on one side ‘J. Rodgers & Sons, No.6 Norfolk St Sheffield England’ together with King’s crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (King George Rex). The reverse has their ‘Star and Maltese cross’ trademark. The Bowie is 11 ½” overall. The original brown leather open top scabbard with rivetted belt loop is clean and undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21626

Post 1852 Victorian English Wingfield Rowbotham & Co Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 21625 - 21625
Wade Wingfield & Rowbotham were Victorian cutlers who before 1852 had premises at 82 Tenter Street, Sheffield. In 1852 the company changed name to Wingfield Rowbotham & Co (see pages 674 & 675 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013 2nd Edition by Tweedale). This is an excellent original Victorian English Spear Point Bowie Knife by Wingfield Rowbotham & Co made sometime after 1852 when the company name changed. It has an 8 ¼” spear point Bowie blade and measures 13” overall. The blade is 4 mm thick. The blade is signed by the manufacturer 'Wingfield Rowbotham & Co, 82 Tenter Street Sheffield' together with 'Harp with Victorian Crown' Trademark. The blade has some light areas of staining and staining consistent with age and use. It has excellent undamaged Stag antler scales secured by brass pins. The Bowie has a flat, recurving steel cross guard with rounded ends. The knife is complete with its original leather open top leather scabbard with single belt loop. All stitching is intact. The leather has some surface wear in the bottom section near to its reinforced leather chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21625

WWII 1944 British MkII Pattern Gurkha Kukri & Scabbard By M.A.D 1944. 16276. - 16276
This is an original MkII Pattern WWII dated British Gurkha Military Kukri (Although the history of the kukri is long in Nepal, the knife was first seen by the British during the Anglo-Gorkha War of 1814-16. Wherever the Gurkhas fought, the kukri went with them and there wasn't a single battle where the kukri was not used. It has a 12 ¼” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & notch. It measures 17 ¾ ” overall. The wood handle with raised central band is secured by two large rivets and it has a steel pommel plate. The blade is date/manufacturer stamped ‘M.A.D 1944’. It comes with its original leather covered wood scabbard which has a small brass chape. The scabbard is undamaged *3 small drill holes on upper inner edge* and the leather intact with just areas of light service wear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16276. (Hunting & Survival)

WWI Private Purchase Trench Knife and Leather Sheath by Manufacturer Wade & Butcher Sheffield England. ED 2400. - ED 2400
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. William and Samuel Butcher were the sons of James Butcher, a cutler in Charles Street Sheffield. In the directories of 1821 and 1822 – Wade & Butcher – which traded from 85 Arundel Street Sheffield. The ‘Butcher’ is not identified, but it was presumably Samuel. The other principal was Robert Wade, who had been listed as a razor manufacturer in Arundel Street Sheffield since 1816. With a 12 ¾ cm (22 ¾ overall) single edged blade stamped ‘Wade & Butcher Sheffield England’ to the ricasso to one side with the Company trademark to the other showing light age related staining. The pineapple plastic grips are held with 3 pins. The silver coloured finger guard has minor play but is intact. The brown leather scabbard has an integrated belt loop and the stitching is all intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2400. (Small fixed blades box)

**QUALITY MAKERS**C1950 Two Large Display Cased Sets Of John Nowill & Sons Sheffield Cutlers Factory Shop Window Knives & Assorted Cutlery. Sn 21501 - 21501
The earliest record of the business is in the books of the ‘Cutlers Company on 27TH April 1700. This family company was first based in Meadow Street Sheffield, but later moved to Scotland Street around 1840. It was in 1842 that the first of John Nowill sons, William, joined the business after finishing his apprenticeship. His maker’s marks of ‘D*’ and ‘CROSSKEYS’ remain the marks of the company to this day (see Tweedale’s The Sheffield Knife Book page 242). These are 2 original C1950 Display Cased Sets Of John Nowill & Sons Sheffield Cutlers Factory Shop Window Knives & other assorted cutlery. Most of the knife blades contained in both displays are signed ‘J.Nowill & Sons-Sheffield above ‘D’ and Crosskeys’ apart from 4 of the white ivorine or bone handled knives in one of the displays (right hand display in 1st image), which are signed ‘Frank Mills & Co Ltd Wearwell Stainles Steel’, a cutler connected to Nowills ( Frank Mills (1860-1932) was a clothes dealer and table knife blade grinder. The first directory listing of Frank Mills was in 1893 in Charlotte Street, as a table knife manufacturer. In 1903, it became Frank Mills & Co Ltd. Frank Mills, died on Christmas Day in 1932, afterwards, the firm’s address was 135 Scotland Street (the same as Nowill, which had acquired Mills’ assets and marks including ‘Wearwell’, see Tweedale's Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013 [2nd edition]). All of the cutlery in both displays are securely wire bound to their felt backboards which both have J. Nowill & Sons & trademark labelling. The 2 piece glazed wood frames are screwed together at the rear (to avoid damage we have not attempted to remove the tools and blades from their mounts). All of the knives and other cutlery are clean and fully functional. Each case measures 36”x18”x 3 ½”. The price is for both cased displays and includes UK delivery (due to size and risk of glass damage International delivery is not available). Sn 21501 (office in front of storeroom door)

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.

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)
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