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Victorian Era J.Burnam & Co Sheffield Cutlery Hilt Bowie Knife & Scabbard. Sn 18291 - 18291
James Burnand (1820-1890), was born in Sheffield on 1 February 1820, the son of James Burnand, yeoman, and his wife, Isabella. In 1849, he was listed as a fluter and hafter in Rockingham Street. The Census (1851) enumerated him as a plater and hafter, employing two apprentices. In the early 1850s he continued in Rockingham Street and by the end of the decade was involved in the manufacture of Bowie knives. An 1863 directory advertisement has James Burnand & Sons, Netherthorpe Street, as a manufacturer of a ‘silver and plated desserts’ and a wide range of table cutlery (including ‘pic-nic’ or camp cases) and Bowie knives, dagger knives, and ‘lion slayers’. Butchers’ knives and steels, ‘suitable for South America, River Plate, India, and other markets’, were also made. The Census (1871) recorded that James employed six workmen and lived in Upper Hanover Street. The firm was based at Suffolk Street (later Sudbury Street), off Meadow Street, then Leicester Street Works, off St Philip’s Road, Netherthorpe. Burnand exhibited at the Workmen’s International Exhibition in London, 1870. He also won medals at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and the South African International Exhibition in Cape Town in 1877. His showcase of dagger and hunting knives for Philadelphia was described in The Sheffield Independent, 29 March 1876. This is a Victorian cutlery handled, Bowie knife by J.Burnam & Co with scabbard. The knife has a typical Victorian era cast metal, cutlery form handle decorated with stylised rope and flowers. The finger guard has decorative scalloped edges. The 6” long, steel drop point Bowie blade has staining consistent with age and use. The knife measures 10 ¼” overall. The blade has manufacturer detail ‘J.Burnam & Co Sheffield’ & ‘star’ trademark. The light brown/ red hue open top leather scabbard has a brass or German silver throat mount and chape. The leather has impressed gold highlighted decoration. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18291

Georgian Era C1750 British Naval Midshipman’s Dirk With Heavy Curved Fighting Blade, Brass Lion’s Head Pommel Ebonised Wood Hilt & Steel Scabbard. Sn 18123:2 - 18123:2
Naval forces began to use dirks in the mid to late 1700s. Historians differ on whether dirks originated with the Danish Navy or the Royal Navy but they were widely used by England’s sea service. During the period 1780 to 1820, the Officer/ Midshipmen strength of the Royal Navy varied from about 3,500 to 6,000. Despite the popular notion that only Midshipmen used dirks, early paintings show dirks worn by high-ranking Naval Officers as well as Midshipmen. This original British Navy Midshipman’s fighting dirk has an 11 ½” long heavy steel single edged curved & fullered blade which is undamaged and has light staining consistent with age. The blade has no visible manufacturer or date marks. The dirk measures 16 ¼” overall and has an ebonised wood handle with re-curving brass cross guard and Lion’s head pommel with mane descending the brass back strap. The dirk is complete with steel scabbard which has 2 steel hanging rings. The scabbard a few small dents. One dent near to the tip is pierced with 2 small holes. The holes and dents are totally secure and only visible on close inspection. The price for this Georgian era Midshipman’s dirk with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 18123:2

C1890- Boer war Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Army & Navy CSL (Co-operative Society Ltd) Fighting / Utility Multi Bladed Folding Lock Knife With 10 Blades / Tools. Sn 18341 - 18341
The Army & Navy CSL (Co-operative Society Ltd) was formed in 1871 by a group of British Army & Navy Officers . Membership was restricted to Officers and NCO’s, their families & friends introduced by them. This is an excellent, large, British Officer’s Private Purchase Fighting / Utility Multi Bladed Folding Lock Knife by Army & Navy CSL. A similar Army and Navy CSL knife to ours is illustrated on page 15 of The London Knife Book by Flook. The knife has 10 tools / blades including a screw driver tip, removable spike tool, tweezers & small skinning knife with folding polished horn scales. The locking 5 ¼” single edged blade, 5” saw blade and hook tool are signed ‘Army & Navy C.S.L’. The knife also has a 2 ½” triangular form blade, corkscrew and hoof pick. The blades and tools fold securely into the steel frame. The chequered wood scales are secured by steel pins. One scale has an inlaid void white metal escutcheon. The knife has steel bolsters. Closed the knife measures 7” length. The length with larger blade open measures 12” overall. The price for this Coachman’s knife worthy of further research regarding the maker / retailer includes UK delivery. Sn 18341

1899 Dated Abdul Karim Maker Spear Point Bowie Knife For An Indian Army Officer Signed With Gun Stock Quality Antique Ivory Hilt & Silver Mounted Scabbard With Retaining Clip. Sn 18267 - 18267
This is an original late Victorian Spear Point Bowie Knife For An Indian Army Officer . It has an 8” flattened diamond section spear point blade, incised on the forte with the intials GC and SI either side of a crown over a pair of large Gothic initials SR over a further set of initials PS and the date '99 (1899), the other side of the forte incised ABDULKARIM MAKER. It has very finely chequered antique ivory grips of gun stock quality and German silver oval finger guard with ferrule. It is contained in its silver mounted velvet wrapped wooden scabbard with spring clip which fastens to the finger guard of the knife when sheathed and retains it securely in the scabbard. The velvet is intact but one side has lost some of its colour over time. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18267 (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 5% Volume & Weight).

Victorian Era Prostitute's Secret Waist Belt / Garter Dagger, With Ornate Mother Of Pearl Hue Hilt & German Silver. Sn 18271:1 - 18271:1
This is an original Victorian era Ladies Waist Belt or Garter Dagger. These small concealable daggers were favoured by Prostitutes to defend themselves against attack. It measures 9" overall with a 4 ¾” diamond section dagger blade which has just light staining consistent with age. The blade has its original felt hilt washer. It has an attractive composite Mother of Pearl hue handle with foliate decoration. The hilt has an ornate German Silver finger guard. The dagger is complete with its original slim German Silver scabbard which has an oval frog locket. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18271:1

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 09/02) **MINT**Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield (Sons Of The Now Deceased J.E. Middleton) Hand Made Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 18125:10 - 18125:10
This is an original, near mint, Spear Point Bowie Knife made in Sheffield by Ron & Roy Middleton Sheffield, sons of the now deceased J.E. Middleton. It has a clean7” long spear point blade with medial ridge. The knife measures 12” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'R&R. Middleton, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and Stag Antler scales secured by brass pins. It is complete with its black leather open top riveted and stitched scabbard with integral belt loop. All stitching, rivets & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18125:10

Early 20th Century Fagan Sheffield Bowie Knife With Pressed Horn Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18132 - 18132
This is an attractive early 20th Century bowie. The 10 ¾” long, bowie has a solid pressed horn hilt. It has a brass finger guard with ball finials and 6 ¼” single edged, bowie blade. On one side it is marked at the ricasso ‘’Fagan Sheffield Made’ (most likely W.H.Fagan and Son Sheffield). The reverse has ‘Sheffield England’ and etched foliate decoration. Its original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this bowie worthy of further research regarding the maker includes UK delivery. Sn 18132

WW2 Era British Military Ghurkha’s Kukri With 2 Skinners Scabbard & Frog. ED 2542 - ED 2542
This is an original WW2 British Military Kukri as issued to Ghurkhas. The sturdy military grade weapon is 16 ¾” overall. The wood handle which has a steel pommel cap. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with service use and age. The curved 12 ¾” blade has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The scabbard made of wood is covered in leather. It has a pointed brass chape and 2 small pockets for the skinners at the throat. The skinners blades (one 2 ¾” the other 3”) are typically curved and have light stable surface rust. Their wood handles are secure and undamaged. The scabbard is fitted with its riveted frog with 2 belt loops and buckles. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the kukri, skinners, scabbard or frog. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2542

Large J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. ED 2539 - ED 2539
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 9¾” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 2” at its widest edge and has a decorative scalloped section to the back edge. The knife measures 14 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and undamaged stag antler scales secured by pins. 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 clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2539

Victorian / Early 20th Century English Form Spear Point Bowie Knife With Chequered Polished Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 18036 - 18036
This is a Spear Point Bowie Knife in the form popular in the Victorian era and early 20th century. The 5 ¾” Spear Point Bowie blade with medial ridge is undamaged with just light staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer marks. It has undamaged Chequered Polished Horn Scales secured by German Silver pins & German Silver cross guard. Its open top leather scabbard has a German Silver Throat mount with frog stud and German Silver chape. All leather is clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18036
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