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WW2 Ornate Presentation Kukri To Sher Bahadur Thapa Victoria Cross 9th Gurkha Rifles Killed In Action 1944 With Ornate Scabbard. Sn 17328 - 17328
Sher Bahadur Thapa (20 November 1921 – 19 September 1944) was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was a Thapa Chhetri and a son of Ramdhoj Thapa, a permanent resident of Ghalechap of Tanahu, Nepal. Thapa enlisted in the British Indian Army on 20 November 1942 and was a 22-year-old rifleman in the 1st Battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles during World War II, when the following deed took place at the Battle of San Marino, for which he was awarded the VC. His citation in the London Gazette reads: On 18/19 September 1944 at San Marino, Italy, when a company of the 9th Gurkha Rifles encountered bitter opposition from a German prepared position, Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa and his section commander, who was afterwards badly wounded, charged and silenced an enemy machine-gun. The rifleman then went on alone to the exposed part of a ridge where, ignoring a hail of bullets, he silenced more machine-guns, covered a withdrawal and rescued two wounded men before he was killed. His Victoria Cross is currently held by his regiment 9th Gurkha Rifles. A contemporary portrait of the soldier is illustrated in image 2. This is a presentation WW2 Kukri To Sher Bahadur Thapa VC period made and most likely commissioned by the Regiment for the soldiers surviving family. The sturdy weapon is 16 ¾” overall length. The polished horn handle has a white metal Lion’s head pommel. The curved 12” blade has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The blade has fullers on both sides and tooled decorative panels on one side. The original scabbard made of wood is covered in black felt and has ornate white metal panels ornately decorated with pierced foliate designs and with crossed Kukris above 9 ( the badge of the 9th Gurkha rifles). The flower heads in the decoration are jewelled (some of the jewels have become dislodged over time). The scabbard is fitted with white metal hanging ring. The rear of the scabbard has a period hand written paper label ‘property of o/sm Randel 9th G/rifles Ashrange Alot on loan s/mess 2002’ (This Kukri was bought out of the Sgts Mess by a British Paratrooper). The price for this Kukri to a named WW2 hero who fell in action includes UK delivery. Sn 17328
£700.00

SOLD SOLD (29/03) MINT, Large Post WW2 John Nowill & Sons, Sheffield Bowie knife With Stag Antler Hilt, Plated Metal Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 17108:9 - 17108:9
The Nowill familly are recorded as Sheffield cutler's since the 16th Century. The family traded under various names and Trademarks until John Nowill acquired the 'crossed keys' trademark in 1842. They produce excellent knives and tools using the best of materials and traditional know how that can only come from over three hundred years in the business. This is a near mint, large Bowie Knife made by John Nowill & Sons post WW2. It has a 10 ¼” deep swept single edged, clean, polished Bowie blade which is 1 ¾” at its widest and measures 15 ¾” overall. The blade has fullers & back of the blade has scalloped decoration. It is marked at the ricasso 'J.Nowill & Sons Sheffield together with 'Crossed Keys' Trademark. It has a plated metal cross guard and ornate ferrule. The undamaged Stag horn hilt is clean and undamaged and it has a plated metal pommel cap. It is complete with its brown leather open top scabbard with single large belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price for this impressive Bowie by a renowned Sheffield Cutler includes UK delivery. Sn 17108:9
£0.00

QUALITY, Inter War William Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ Stainless Steel Saw Back Spear Point Bowie Hunting / Fishing Knife With Chequered Buffalo Horn Hilt, German Silver Crossguard & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12583 - 12583
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 is a quality Spear Point Bowie hunting / fishing knife by William Rodgers most likely made in the inter war era. It has solid chequered Buffalo horn hilt and oval German silver cross guard. The hilt is holed for wrist cord. It has a 5 ¾” double edged, spear point steel blade with medial ridge (9 ¾” overall). The back edge of the blade has a saw back section. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘William Rodgers’ together with ‘‘I Cut My Way’ and mincing knife device trademark. The reverse has ‘Stainless Sheffield England’. The excellent, brown leather scabbard has a belt loop and retaing strap with press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard has tooled decoration. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12583
£295.00

WW1 1918 British Army In India GD & Co MK II Gurkha Kukri, Scabbard & Leather Frog. Sn 16749 - 16749
This is an original WW1 dated MK II British WD Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 13 ¼” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & notch. It measures 17 ½” 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 stamped '1918’, ‘II’ (MK II designation) India Arsenal WD marks, ‘50’ (weapon number) & manufacturer mark ‘GD & C0’. It comes with leather covered wood scabbard fitted with leather frog which has 2 belt loops with adjustable straps which have eyelets and brass studs. The frog is secured to the scabbard by leather lacing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16749
£475.00

MATCHING DATES WW2 1945 British Gurkha Kukri & 1945 Dated WD Scabbard By ‘Ca’ (Cawpore Arsenal) With Leather Frog. Sn 17094 - 17094
This is an original WW2 dated British WD Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 12 ¼” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & notch. It measures 17” 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 stamped '1945’ below other indistinct lettering and there is a small ‘SA24’ inspection mark. It comes with its original leather covered wood scabbard which has a small brass chape. The scabbard is undamaged and impressed ‘C’ WD arrow 908’ together with ‘Ca1945’( date & Cawpore Arsenal mark) & ‘10’ mark. The scabbard is fitted with leather frog which has 2 belt loops with adjustable straps which have eyelets and brass studs. The frog is secured to the scabbard by leather lacing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17094
£595.00

Victorian British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk (Short Sword) With Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard By Selby Portsmouth. Sn 17282 - 17282
This is an original Victorian era British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk and Scabbard. The Dirk has a steel single edged straight blade which is 18” in length & measures 23 ½” overall. The blade has heavy staining consistent with age. No manufacturer marks or etching are visible but they may be present under the staining. It has a brass Lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & cross guard with acorn finials. The dirk’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The dirk is complete with its black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has a shield device with Queen’s crown and manufacturer or retailer name & address ‘Selby, High St Portsmouth’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17282
£575.00

British Wostenholm & Son Sheffield I*XL Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2505 - ED 2505
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 & Son. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate tooled brass foliate decoration finger guard and pommel bolsters. It has a 4" single edged blade which is razor sharp and measures 8 ¼” overall length. The blade is etched on one side ‘George Wostenholm & Son I*XL Sheffield England’. The blade has light areas of staining. The dagger is complete with original brown leather open top scabbard with rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2505
£295.00

British Sheffield Little Mester Reg Cooper Custom Hand Made Hunting Bowie / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2504 - ED 2504
Master cutlery craftsmen in Sheffield are called "Little Mesters", a terminology 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, often from father to son. Reg Cooper, the maker of this Bowie knife is already aged in his 80's and has been making Bowie knives in Sheffield for as long as he cares to remember. Interestingly, in January 2015 the Hollywood actor and Rambo/Rocky star Sylvester Stallone was in Sheffield for an 'Audience-With' event. Sly is a collector of knives and is knowledgeable on the subject. One of Reg Cooper's knives was donated to Mr Stallone and presented to him in person by Reg Cooper. This is an excellent Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife by Reg Cooper. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate foliate tooled decoration brass finger guard and pommel bolsters. It has a clean 5" single edged Bowie shaped blade which is razor sharp and measures 9 ¼” overall length. The back edge of the blade has scalloped decoration. One side of the blade is faintly marked 'R.Cooper Sheffield'. The dagger is complete with original brown leather scabbard which has a retaining strap with press stud fastener and riveted belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2504
£350.00

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
£295.00

David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Made Bowie Knife With Leather Scabbard. Sn 17207 - 17207
David North of Killamarsh Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives. This impressive Bowie was made by David North. The polished steel, deep swept Bowie blade is 9” long. The knife measures 14” overall length. The ricasso is stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has a brass finger guard. It has micarta or tropical hard wood scales, both mounted with void brass plates. The knife comes with a tan leather open top scabbard which has a belt loop to the rear. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17207
£395.00
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