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British Knives and Bowies

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WW1 British Royal Scots Regiment Improvised Trench/Fighting Knife With Stag Antler Hilt Mounted With Brass Regimental St Andrew & Cross Device & Scabbard. Sn 18813 - 18813
The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), once known as the Royal Regiment of Foot, was the oldest and most senior infantry regiment of the line of the British Army, having been raised in 1633 during the reign of Charles I of Scotland. The regiment existed continuously until 2006, when it amalgamated with the King's Own Scottish Borderers to become the Royal Scots Borderers, which merged with the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch, the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to form the Royal Regiment of Scotland. At the outbreak of WW1 elements of the Regiment landed in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The Regiment saw much action throughout the Great War. This is an original WW1 British improvised trench/fighting knife mounted with brass St Andrew & Cross device from a period Royal Scots Regiment badge and leather scabbard. The knife features a stag antler hilt, the butt end mounted with the St Andrew & Cross device. The slim blackened iron blade is 5 ½” in length. The blade has no manufacturer or date marks. It is 9 ¼” overall length. The knife is complete with its original field made leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with buckle. The front and back sections of the leather are held together with metal split pins and a leather tab with metal ring secured by split pin holds the belt loop / retaining strap in place. The leather and strap / loop are all intact with just surface wear to be expected. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18813
£395.00

*’Simon Stanley Custom Made Skinner’. Sn: 18737. - Sn: 18737
This custom made ‘skinner’ has been handmade by ‘Simon Stanley’ of Portsmouth. The knife has been recovered from a shipwreck in the Solent between The Isle of Wight and Great Britain in the 1700’s. The knife and leather sheath were recovered from the wreck having been preserved perfectly. The knife is 25 ½ cm in total. The blade length is 14 cm long and 4.25 cm at its widest. There is a little rust to the inside of the tang. The beautiful scales are sculptured from ‘Warthog tusks’ and have a lanyard hole. The head of the scales look to have been restored in the past, but do not detract from their beauty. Seven steel pins hold the grip to the knife. The blade has a hand engraved pattern which continues on the spine, with the makers mark imprinted on the ricasso. The thick leather sheath has intricate ‘scallop’ like markings throughout, with a belt loop to the rear. A truly remarkable piece of history which is well worth further investigation. The price includes U.K. delivery. Sn: 18737
£575.00

A ‘Christopher Johnson’ of Sheffield Bowie Knife and Leather Sheath. ED 2526 - ED 2526
Christopher Johnson, who was born in Sheffield in around 1809, started his cutlery business in 1836 in Howard Street.The range and quality of Johnson's products were first class, see page 215 of 'The Sheffield Knife Book by 'Geoffrey Tweedale'. The original partnership was apparently Christopher and Henry Johnson, which was listed in a directory (1837) as C. & H. Johnson, successor to Ward & Co, Howard Street (Broomhead & Ward). Christopher and Henry Johnson had also been listed in 1833 as merchant’s clerks. This Bowie knife is 30 cm in length. The blade is 15 ½ cm from tip to ricasso and 4 ½ cm wide. The hardwood grips have brass pins and are 12 ½ cm from the top to the brass finger guard. The tang is outlined with machined brass between the grips. The ripasso is engraved ‘Johnson Sheffield’ with ‘C.J’ within a flag and pole. The blade has staining on both sides, but does not detract from the knifes aesthetics. The knife comes with a thick leather sheath with brass studs and upper belt loop. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2526.
£295.00

*A discontinued ‘Reg Cooper’ Sheffield Made Bowie Knife. ED 2525. - ED 2525
Reg Cooper is a Bowie Knife maker from Sheffield. Aged in his 80's, he has been making Bowie knives for most of his life.The manufacture of Bowie Knives is now performed by a dwindling number of highly-specialised craftsmen in the city. Master craftsmen in Sheffield are called ‘Little Mesters’, a term that has endured for many years. Little Mesters are usually single specialists who run their own businesses, in their workshops, with skills that have been passed down through the years and through the generations, often from father to son. *Reg Cooper has now retired and will no longer be producing any more knives. This ‘Reg Cooper’ engraved bowie knife is 26 ½ cm in total length. The blade is 14 cm from tip to ricasso, and the polished bone grips measure 10 ½ cm from brass bolster to brass guard with brass pins. The knife has a lovely polished scalloped spine. The bolster and guard are shaped and the grips are brass lined in between the tang. The sheath is thick leather with brass rivets and studs with belt cut outs and ‘Sheffield England’ imprinted. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2525.
£245.00

C&N Cutlers of Sheffield Hunting Knife. ED 2521. - ED 2521
This example is unused, un-carried and not re-sharpened. The length of the blade is – 9 cm and 3 cm at its widest point. The total length of the knife is 21 cm. It has beautiful polished horn grips with lovely engraved brass pins and engraved brass bolsters. The cheek of the blade is engraved with the maker ‘C&N Cutlers-Sheffield’. The knife comes with its original thick leather sheath which has a brass fastening stud and upper belt hook. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2521.
£275.00

*A Sheffield Steel Hunting/Skinning Knife. ED 2518. - ED 2518
This Sheffield- England made knife has a full tang with a beautifully engraved brass mitre, hardwood grip with brass pins and a brass lined lanyard hole. The blade is 9 ½ cm in length to the ricasso and the knife is 24 cm in total including the grip. This example is unused, un-carried and not re-sharpened. ‘Sheffield Stainless Blade- Made in England’ is engraved on the cheek of the blade. A thick leather sheath with belt hook accompanies this very attractive knife. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2518.
£225.00

SOLD SOLD (24/09) Victorian British Officer’s Private Purchase North West Frontier ARNACHELLUM SALEM , Spear Point Bowie Fighting Knife With Heavy Stag Horn Grip, Steel Cudgel Pommel Cap & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard With Retaining Clip. Sn 18735 - 18735
Active in the mid to late 1800s in the City of Salem, Tamil Nadu, India, Arnachellum was a maker of quality Bowie knives. Their larger Bowie knives were popular private purchase fighting knives for British Soldier’s fighting against Afghan tribes on the North West Frontier. This is an original large Bowie by Arnachellum made in Salem during the Victorian era and is in the form popular as British private purchase fighting knives. The knife has a large curved Stag horn handle with broad steel cross guard which has flattened ball ends and a heavy steel cudgel pommel cap which would cause devastating injuries if used to strike an opponent on the head. The cross guard and pommel cap have even natural aged patina. The 9 ¼” spear point is marked on one side "ARNACHELLUM SALEM". The blade has just small areas of light staining but no rust. The Bowie is 14 ½” overall length. The Bowie is complete with brown leather covered wood scabbard. The leather has some scuffs consistent with age and use. The scabbard has an integral thumb operated steel retaining clip securely stitched into the leather at the throat of the scabbard. The clip fastens to the cross guard of the bowie when in the scabbard and retains it securely in place. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18735
£0.00

*’George Wolstenholm & Son’ I*XL Bowie Knife. ED 2515. - ED 2515
The I*XL trademark had originally been registered in 1787 to a W A Smith of Sheffield. The mark books of The Company of Cutlers show I*XL being registered to Wostenholm’s in 1831. Originally the family name was spelt ‘Wolstenholme’ but, story has it that the second George Wolstenholme found this name too long for smaller knives so he omitted the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’. The name has been spelt Wolstenholm ever since. This knife is 26 cm in total including the stag grip. The blade is 13 ½ cm long and 2.7 cm wide from back to blade. The ricasso is engraved ‘I*XL’ and the blade is engraved ‘Geo Wolstenholm &Son – Sheffield England’. The grip has brass pins and a brass guard. The blade has feint pitting as does the tang and guard. This does not detract from what is a beautiful heavy knife. The knife comes with a thick leather tan coloured sheath. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2515.
£195.00

A George Wolstenholm I*XL Barlow Knife. ED 2512. - ED 2512
I*XL has been one of the most well know Sheffield trademarks. The first company known for using the mark on knives was originally George Wolstenholme and Son. The company's name was shorted to George Wostenholm sometime just prior to 1820.It acquired the I*XL trade mark in 1826, so I*XL branded knives will be made post 1826. This example is unused, uncarried and not re-sharpened. This is a fine example of an I*XL. The blade length is 6 cm and the handle 8 ½ cm including the I*XL engraved brass bolster. The knife sports a lovely coloured stag grip with brass pins. The blade is engraved ‘I*XL George Wolstenholm’ and ‘Sheffield England. The knife comes with its original wrapping and gift box. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2512.
£85.00

A George Wolstenholm I*XL Barlow Knife. ED 2511. - ED 2511
I*XL has been one of the most well know Sheffield trademarks. The first company known for using the mark on knives was originally George Wolstenholme and Son. The company's name was shorted to George Wostenholm sometime just prior to 1820.It acquired the I*XL trade mark in 1826, so I*XL branded knives will be made post 1826. This example is unused, uncarried and not re-sharpened. This is a fine example of an I*XL. The blade length is 6 cm and the handle 8 ½ cm including the I*XL engraved brass bolster. The knife sports a lovely coloured stag grip with brass pins. The blade is engraved ‘I*XL George Wolstenholm’ and ‘Sheffield England. The knife comes with its original wrapping and gift box. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2511.
£85.00
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