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**MINT**Large, C1950’s English William Rodgers Sheffield ‘I Cut My Way’ Trademark 'United States Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Stag Antler Hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel & Ornately Tooled Leather Scabbard. Sn 20902 - 20902
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This William Rodgers Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife has a solid Stag Antler hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel. It has an ornate brass ferule and the brass finger guard has scalloped edges. The 9 ¾” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the spine. The blade is just under 2” broad at its widest. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "The United States America The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave Protected By Her Noble & Brave Volunteers" and Americans Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That’s Wrong’ In panels either side of a central panel bearing the American Eagle symbol. The ricasso is stamped on one side "William Rodgers Sheffield England"& the reverse has Rodger’s ‘I Cut My Way’ trademark. The Bowie is 16 ½” overall length. The thick, tan leather scabbard is in the same superb condition with deep cut ornate tooled foliate decoration to the front of the scabbard and its integral large belt loop. The price for this desirable Bowie by a famous Sheffield cutler includes UK delivery. Sn 20902

C1970’s British WD Special Forces Type D Survival Knife By Wilkinson Or Hopkinson Sheffield With Scabbard. Sn 20944 - 20944
The British Type D Survival knife was introduced into Service in the 1950's. The knives were made by Wilkinson & Hopkinson and the forms of these knives changed over the years with minor differences to blade & grip shapes. The knives were issued to all branches of the British Military (see page 104 of Flook's book 'British & Commonwealth Fighting Knives' and plate 235 of page 105 where a 1970’s example similar to our example is illustrated. This is an excellent original British WD Type D Survival Knife. This heavy duty survival knife has a 7 ¼” long single edged heavy, 1 ¾”broad blade. The blade is stamped with WD arrow and stores code ‘0274/4594’ and is very sharp. It measures 12 ½” overall and has the correct wood grips. The scales are secured by 3 large rivets. The pommel end is holed for wrist cord (the cord is not present). The scales have no maker or date markings. The knife is complete with original correct leather riveted and stitched scabbard with single retaining strap and stud fastener marked ‘Lift The Dot’. All leather, stitching & rivets are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20944 (survival box)

C1950’s Large William Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ Sheffield Scottish Highlander's Hunting Dirk Form Spear Point Bowie Knife With One Piece Red Deer Antler Hilt 'Cairngorm' Jewel Setting, Etched Blade & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard With Brass Mounts. Sn 20981 - 20981
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This William Rodgers Sheffield made Bowie Knife is in Scottish Highlander's hunting Dirk Form With emerald colour 'Cairngorm' Jewel Setting & scabbard. The knife & scabbard are in very good condition. The knife has a large single piece Red Deer antler hilt, curved with broad butt in which is seated its multi-faceted Cairngorm set in an ornate circular brass mount. It has a brass cross guard with square finials, the surfaces of which are cut with Saltire /St Andrew's Crosses. The 11 ¼” spear point Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge and a line of holes piercing the fullers. Both sides of the blade have etched decoration featuring foliate designs with Scottish thistles, martial arms and banners. The ricasso is signed on one side "William Rodgers Sheffield England" & the reverse has Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ trademark. The knife is 18 ¼” overall length. The scabbard is black leather covered wood. The brass throat mount has a fixed belt bar and it has a brass chape with square saltire cross decorated tip. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20981 (Bowie box)

**WWII Period ‘G.Wolstenholm & Son’ Deck Knife and Scabbard. ED 2559. - ED 2559
The I*XL trademark had originally been registered in 1787 to a W A Smith. 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 Wostenholm ever since. Moving to Washington Works, Wellington Street in 1848. It was named 'Washington' after the American trade which made George Wostenholm's fortune. Washington Works was the largest cutlery works of its time, placing cutlery manufacture under one roof of a reported 800 employees and breaking with the established method of small scale cutlery production by Sheffield’s “Little Mesters”. The blade length – 11 ½ cm. Total length including handle – 23 ½ cm. The blade has an ornate serated edge to the top of the spine. This knife has an 11cm Bakelite diamond cut grip handle with a finger guard/quillon. The blade itself is engraved ‘I * XL on the ricasso with ‘G. Wolstenholm and Son Washington Works Sheffield England’ on the cheek. The knife comes with its original brown leather sheath with upper belt loop. The blade and sheath are showing signs of use, but only adds to the history of the item. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2559. (Hunting and Survival Box)

**RARE**Victorian 1869-1874 Joseph Rodgers 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield Made For Manton & Co Calcutta Spear Point Bowie Knife With Chequered Horn Scales, German Silver Cross Guard & Leather Scabbard. Sn 19279 - 19279
The Manton family were English gunmakers beginning with John in the early 1800's, then his younger brother Joseph who operated circa 1825-35. J. Manton and Son operated circa 1832-1862 and Manton & Co is listed as operating in London and Calcutta circa 1869-74. Manton’s Calcutta operation specialised in supplying quality firearms and blades to British officer’s & Gentlemen in India. Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making in the 19th 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 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. This is a quality 13” long, Spear Point Bowie knife & Scabbard made by Rodgers at their Norfolk street workshop for Manton & Co Calcutta. It has chequered horn scales secured by German Silver pins. A void German silver plate is mounted on one scale and it has a thick oval German silver cross guard. It has an 8 ¼” double edged, spear point steel blade with central fullers on both sides. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘Joseph Rodgers & Sons, No 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield’ together with ‘Star and Maltese cross’ trademark and the reverse ‘Made For Manton & Co Calcutta’. The blade has just small areas of staining consistent with age. The excellent, original open top brown leather scabbard has a rear belt loop. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19279

WW2 Burma Campaign Chindit Special Forces, Fighting Knife / Combat Bowie & Scabbard. ED 2205 - ED 2205
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 undamaged wood slab grips are secured to the Tang by 3 rivets. The grips have just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. It has a clean single edged 7 ½” long blade with correct drop point Bowie type tip. The blade is sharp with just a few small nibbles to the cutting edge consistent with service use. 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 a leather retaining strap with press stud fastener. The leather has period hand applied ink name ‘Platt’ near to the retaining strap, most likely the name of the Chindit issued with this knife. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2205

WWI Dated British Trench Knife Converted from a P1907 Bayonet and Leather Scabbard. ED 2199. - ED 2199
An original WWI British trench knife and leather scabbard made by converting a Wilkinson made P1907 bayonet (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. See page 393 No 820 of The Bayonet Book by Watts & White for a pre-cut down version. Marked ‘1907’ below crown, 12’ 17 (December 1917) and ‘Wilkinson’. The obverse has numerous inspection marks and Broad Arrows. Blade length; 20 ¾ cm, 33 cm overall. The fullered blade is in good order *no tip-see images/*. The wooden grips are intact and have minor signs of service wear. The pommel and crossguard have been previously painted. The scabbard with teardrop frog stud is solid with the metalwork and stitching all intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2199. (Fighting Knives)

**MASSIVE**CUTLER’S SHOP WINDOW ADVERTISING PIECE**Early 20th Century Bell Bowie Knife Company Sheffield Bowie Knife. ED 2185 - ED 2185
This is a Massive fully functional English Bowie. This size of Bowie were displayed by Cutler’s in their shop windows to draw attention to & advertise their wares. The 19 ¾” long, Bowie has undamaged, thick ebony scales are secured to the full tang by 5 brass rivets. It has a heavy cast brass finger guard. The knife’s impressive 12 ¼” long blade is 5mm thick and 3” broad at its widest. The polished steel blade has just small areas of staining consistent with age and storage. There is no damage or nicks to the cutting edge. Both sides of the blade are signed ‘Bell Bowie Knife Co Sheffield England’ (possibly a retailer, there were several Sheffield cutlers with the name Bell working in Sheffield in the Victorian, Edwardian and inter war eras, we cannot attribute the business name ‘Bell Bowie Knife Company Sheffield ’ to any of them). The Bowie weighs a hefty 1.520 Kg (3.344 Lbs). 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. ED 2185

1922– 1961, British Royal Navy C.E Heinke & Co Ltd London Brass Hilt Diver's Knife With Magnetic Blade & Brass Scabbard Slotted For Belt Loop. Sn 20828 - 20828
This is an original, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife and Scabbard. The makers name C.E Heinke & Co Ltd London is found on Heinke diver’s knives made between 1922 & 1961. The knife has a 1 ¼” broad, 6 ¼” long single edged spear point blade. The magnetic steel blade is covered with a thin layer of copper, possibly an un-finished process to nickel plate the blade at some point in its life. The knife has a brass hilt, marked on one side ‘C.E Heinke & Co Ltd London’. The knife is complete with its solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20828 (survival box)

**VERY RARE**FORERUNNER OF THE MODERN SURVIVAL KNIFE**Colonel Baldock 1902 Patent All Steel Construction Survival ‘Knife Spear’ By James Dixon & Sons Sheffield For Walter Locke & Co London With Scabbard**FROM THE DAVID HAYDEN-WRIGHT COLLECTION** Sn 20815 - 20815
Developed by Colonel Baldock of the Merwara Battalion of Queen Victoria's Indian Army in the 1870s and patented by him in 1902, this is the forerunner of all modern day Combat/Fighting/Survival Knives. With an inspired development Colonel Baldock introduced this all steel fearsome knife which easily converts to a spear with the attachment of any handy wood pole or branch that might be found in the field. Before his death in 2006 David Hayden-Wright was a renowned collector of English knives and edged weapons, his many years of experience led him to write his famous collector's bible 'The Heritage of English Knives' which contains 100's of quality descriptions and illustrations of knives and edged weapons. This is an excellent original example of the Baldock Patent Knife Spear and is from the renowned collector & author David Hayden-Wright’s preeminent collection of antique knives. This knife is illustrated and described on page 228 of Hayden-Wright’s book ‘The Heritage Of English Knives’ (the illustration of this Bowie from his book is reproduced in image 1). The hilt is all Steel with a floating knurled collar that, when secured in the rear position, will lock onto any wood shaft pushed into the hollow adjustable tubular hilt by means of internal securing spikes. The hilt is fitted with its original wood tompion. The locking mechanism resembles that of the old muzzle loading socket bayonet attachment. British Gunsmiths Walter Locke & Co 391 Strand, London C1892-C1920 were primarily known as the outlet for Baldock Knife Spears (see page 99 & 100 of The London Knife Book By Flook. Page 99 of the book shows an image of the Baldock Knife Spear & Scabbard). These rare knives are sometimes found with the Baldock and Walter Locke names or with a licensed manufacturer name on the blade, however it is very rare to find examples with Baldock, Walter Locke & Co and a manufacturer name all on one blade. It has the correct all steel hollow hilt with floating collar and wood tompion which works correctly, a small oval brass finger guard and measures 14 ½”overall. The 9 ½” spear point blade has fullers and a deep 4 ½” saw back section on the back edge. The blade is faintly marked ‘Baldock Knife Spear Made Expressly For Walter Locke & Co Ltd Patented’ and with the rare to find additional licensed manufacturer’s name ‘James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, England’ (all difficult to photograph but illustrated as best we can in the images). The knife is complete with its original brown leather covered wood scabbard which has German Silver throat mount with frog locket and chape. All leather & stitching are clean & intact. The price for this very rare survival knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 20815
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