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c1960’s British Royal Navy Diver's Knife and Scabbard By Siebe Gorman & Co. ED 2216. - ED 2216
This is a nice condition British Divers Knife from the 1960’s made by ‘Siebe Gorman’ who’s name is stamped to the blade. The blade is double edged with a spear point and a medial ridge. The knife has a 1 ½” broad, 7 ½” long double edged spear point blade (13” overall) The double edged blade is undamaged with just light staining consistent with age. The crossguard. Ferrule and tang nut are all brass and the handle is ribbed/contoured Ebonite. The scabbard is an brass with a belt slot to the rear. These knives are widely used by Royal Navy Divers. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2216. (Hunting/Survival)

**UNUSUAL**Late Victorian Era ‘J. Sainsbury Ltd’ (London) Spear Point Bowie Knife With Quality Made Later Scabbard. ED 2214 - ED 2214
This late Victorian form Bowie has undamaged thick walnut scales secured by brass pins, the edge of one scale is scalloped for grip. It has a heavy brass finger guard sections and pommel cap sections secured by brass pins. The Bowie has a 7 ¾” long single edged spear point form blade. It measures 12 ½” overall length. The blade has some staining and has aged patina. Unusually one side of the blade is faintly marked ‘J. Sainsbury Ltd’. We cannot find any reference to a knife maker named Sainsbury but it may be that in the early days of Sainsbury’s the British Supermarket, the founder John Sainsbury may have retailed this type of knife (J. Sainsbury plc, trading as Sainsbury's, is the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1869 by John Sainsbury with a shop in Drury Lane, London, the company was the largest UK retailer of groceries for most of the 20th century). The later quality made open top scabbard is leather and has a single belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price for this unusually marked knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2214

Victorian Era English Form Boar / Deer Hunting Dagger / Sidearm With German Made Alexander Coppel GmbH (Alcoso), Solingen Blade, Polished Horn Hilt, Brass Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard. Sn 20504 - 20504
This is an excellent original Victorian era Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Deer or Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This example has an undamaged solid polished horn hilt & heavy brass fittings including re-curving cross guard and Lion’s head pommel. Its 18” single edged steel blade has fullers. The blade is undamaged with just light areas of staining consistent with age. It measures 23 ¾” overall. The blade is etched on one side with the German maker’s trademark. The sidearm has its original leather covered wood, open top scabbard with rear seam and German silver throat mount and ball tip chape. The throat mount has a frog bar. All leather & stitching are excellent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20504

**ORIGINAL**EX- WILKINSON’S TOOL ROOM PROTOTYPE OF THE RAREST SOE WEAPON**WW2 C1941-1942 McLaglen Peskett Multi Functional Close Combat Weapon (CCW) With Concealed Blade, Skull Crusher Pommel & Integral Spooled Garrote Wire. Sn 20336 - 20336
This SOE multi functional Close Combat Weapon (CCW) was invented by the British designers Sydney Temple Leopold McLaglen of London and John Edward Peskett of Harrow. See page 123 of Fred Stephen’s book Fighting Knives where an example is illustrated and described. Interestingly Fred who has been writing about and collecting Military knives for many years has never seen one of these devices ‘in the flesh’. The full name of the weapon reflected the names of both engineers. Their development was designated as a “melee weapon”, designed with the many needs of a British SOE (Special Operations Executive) intelligence operative or saboteur in mind. The CCW could be used to kill or incapacitate an enemy with three distinct methods. The first was striking with the alloy steel ball at the top of the weapon, like a blackjack. The second method was with a concealed gravity-activated spike which the operator could extend by pushing a retaining button on the weapon. The third method was with a coiled garrote wire, wrapped around the interior of the weapon. The garrote was 20 inches long when unspooled and was drawn using a ring in some models, and a steel ball in others. It appears the CCW did not catch on with its intended users, and no more than 100 were of our type were manufactured. Other weapons performed each of the three tasks more efficiently than this CCW. Nevertheless, it is an interesting look at the creative design processes that took place during World War II. Some sources indicate they were also manufactured for and issued to American OSS personnel. Legendary assassin and MI6 operative Peter Mason possessed one among his collection of unusual weaponry and donated it to the Museum of World War II near Boston, MA USA in the 1990s. Another is in the Spy Museum in Washington, DC USA. The weapons were made from British patent no. 559747 and prototypes were made C1941-42. Our extremely rare fully functioning example of the prototype was made by and obtained from the Wilkinson Tool Room by a previous owner (the weapon has a number of hand written descriptive labels attached explain the device and its provenance, they are illustrated & accompany the weapon. Our example has the correct machined steel cylindrical body with knurled surface for grip (when the weapon went into production the cylinder was grooved without knurled finish as a cost saving measure). It has the correct solid steel ball skull crusher pommel, which swivels to release and retain the spindled garrotte wire within the cylinder. The garrotte wire has the correct pull ring. The gravity release blade with bush button catch works as it should ( our example has the correct prototype blued 3 ¼” long blade with medial ridge,production models had longer blades as the prototype blade was considered to short). The cylinder has a swivelling ring with strap bar fitted with leather wrist loop. With blade extended the weapon measures 10 ¼” overall length, blade retracted it measures 6 ¾” length. As is common with SOE weapons there are no maker or date marks on the weapon. The price for this rarest of all prototype SOE close combat weapons includes UK delivery. Sn 20336

WWII British WD Ralph Martindale Military Machete & Original WD 1943 Dated Leather Scabbard by ‘J.J.B.’. ED 2213. - ED 2213
An original WWII era machete by Ralph Martindale who made these machetes for the British War Department (see page 108 of 'British and Commonwealth Military Knives' book by Flook). The machete has a heavy steel blade which is 15” long and 2 ¾” broad at its widest point and is marked ‘J.J.B. Broad Arrow over 1943’. The grips are the correct undamaged black fibre material and are secured by 5 copper rivets to prevent rusting. The handle is holed for wrist cord. One side of the blade has number ‘10’ and visible WD arrow. The blade has staining consistent with age and service use. The machete measures 20 ¼” overall length. This example is complete with its original heavy duty leather scabbard in excellent condition which has a large belt loop & single retaining strap with stud fastener. The loop of the scabbard is impressed with WD arrow and 83’, together with 1943 date and ‘WD arrow. All leather stitching and rivets are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2213.

**SOLD**21/3**FALKLANDS WAR**1982 British WD Special Forces / Paratrooper’s Type D Survival Knife By Hopkinson Sheffield With Scabbard. Sn 20368:4 - 20368:4
The British Type D Survival knife was introduced into Service in the 1950's. The knives were made by a number of manufacturers 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 238 on the same page where a 1982 Type D knife with the same grip markings and scabbard as our example is illustrated. In his book Flook describes the 1982 variant as still being in use today. He also states a 1984 dated example was described in an edition of ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ as ‘The Latest Paratrooper Survival Fighting Knife’). This is an excellent original British WD 1982 Type D Survival Knife. This heavy duty survival knife has a 7 ¼” long single edged heavy, broad, parkerised blade. The blade has no visible markings and is very sharp. It measures 12 ½” overall and has the correct laminated wood grips contoured for grip. The scales are secured by 3 large copper rivets. The pommel end is holed for wrist cord (the cord is not present). One scale has the correct stores code ‘1278214’, WD arrow and ‘82’ (1982 date). There is also the ‘H within diamond’ cartouche of the maker Hopkinson Sheffield (F.E & J.R. Hopkinson Ltd Sheffield, established 14 June 1944). The knife is complete with original leather riveted and stitched scabbard with single retaining strap and stud fastener marked ‘Lift’ (the rear of the scabbard has remnants of an old paper label adhered, to avoid damage we have not attempted to remove the void label). The price for this Falklands war dated Type D knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 20368:4

C1960’s Siebe Gorman Type Diver's Knife As Used By British Royal Navy Divers With Brass Scabbard Slotted For Belt Loop. ED 2532 - ED 2532
This is an excellent, original, Siebe Gorman type Diver's Knife and Scabbard as used by British Royal Navy divers. The knife has a clean 194mm long double edged spear point blade with medial ridge (334 mm overall). The blade has no visible manufacturer marks. The blade is magnetic. The knife has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut and has a ribbed & contoured grooved ebonite handle. The knife is complete with solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The knife fits correctly in its scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2532

Victorian English George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 18963. - Sn 18963
The English cutlers George Butler & Co Sheffield are recorded C1810-1952 located at their Trinity Works (see pages 169-170 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an original Victorian era English Bowie by George Butler & Co made their Trinity Works address with Scabbard. It has stag antler scales & brass finger guard with ball ends. One scale has an old stable &secure fine crack. It has a 5 ¾” single edged, blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield England’ & ‘key’ trademark. The blade has staining consistent with age and use. The knife measures 10 ¼” overall length. Its open top brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop. The scabbard has areas of surface wear to be expected with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18963

Georgian Era C1750 British Naval Midshipman’s Dirk / Dagger With Antique Marine Ivory Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 19128 - Sn 19128
Naval forces began to use dirks in the mid to late 1700s. Historians differ on whether dirks originated with the Danish Navy or the British 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 a clean 8 ½” long double edged dagger blade. The blade has no visible manufacturer or date marks. The dirk measures 12” overall and has an antique marine ivory handle with brass finger guard and ball top brass pommel cap. The dirk is complete with original brass mounted leather scabbard which has a single brass hanging ring. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price for this Georgian era Midshipman’s dirk with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 19128 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)

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.
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