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SOLD SOLD (15/04) Georgian Era C1750 British Naval Midshipman’s Dirk / Dagger With Antique Marine Ivory Hilt Brass Eagle’s Head Pommel Chained Guard & Scabbard. ED 603 - ED 603
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 dirk has a 7 ¾” long curved steel blade. The blade has no visible manufacturer or date marks and has areas of staining consistent with age. The dirk measures 12” overall and has an antique marine ivory handle with brass recurving finger guard with finials and Eagles head brass pommel cap. A steel chain is fixed to one guard finial and the beak of the Eagle head pommel by small brass rings. The dirk is complete with original brass mounted leather scabbard. One side of the scabbard has hand tooled decoration and it has a rear seam. 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. ED 603 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£0.00

**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
£1,875.00

**RARE**Victorian Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield Star & Maltese Cross Trademark Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 19280 - 19280
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 an excellent rare to find Victorian era Bowie by Rodgers & Sons. The 13 ¾” long bowie has stag antler scales secured by German Silver pins. It has a German silver finger guard and 9” single edged steel blade. One side the blade is marked by the maker Joseph Rodgers & Sons No.6 Norfolk St Sheffield’. The reverse has the company’s Star & Maltese Cross Trademark. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age and 2 small nibbles to the cutting edge. Its original open top leather scabbard has a rear belt loop, German Silver chape and throat mount. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19280
£895.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY**2/3**Victorian Geo Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield ‘I*XL Hunter’s Companion’Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Ebony Coffin Handle, Brass Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 19276 - 19276
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 impressive original I*XL Bowie Knife in excellent condition made by Geo Wolstenholm & Son at their Washington Works Sheffield. It has a 9 ¾” long deep swept polished steel bowie blade. The spine of the blade has sections of scalloped decoration. The knife measures 14 ¼” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife's model detail 'I*XL' and the makers name and address, the blade also has Deep etched Wostenholm Sheffield detail and panel With Wostenholm address, American Eagle, and ‘The Hunter’s Companion’ beneath banner ‘The Real I*XL Knife’ (all illustrated). It has a brass finger guard with ball finials, solid ebony coffin handle studded with brass pins on the front and back aspects. One side of the hilt has a void brass plate and it has a brass pommel cap. The Bowie comes with its original open top leather covered wood scabbard with brass chape and brass throat mount with frog locket. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19276
£0.00

Victorian James Dixon & Sons Sheffield Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Hilt, German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 19277 - 19277
Founded in 1806 in Silver Street, Sheffield, James Dixon & Sons was one of the major British manufacturers in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century (see page 198 of Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlers 2nd Edition). This is an excellent Victorian era bowie by James Dixon & Sons. The 14” long, bowie has a solid curved stag antler hilt with German Silver pommel cap. It has a German Silver finger guard and 9 ¼” single edged, steel bowie blade. One side the blade is marked by the maker ‘James Dixon & Sons Sheffield’. The blade has areas of light staining consistent with age. Its original open top leather scabbard has a rear belt loop, German silver throat mount and chape. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19277
£695.00

Victorian Maleham and Yeomans ‘ Bushmans Friend’ Knife and Scabbard. ED 602 - ED 602
The partners were George Edgar Maleham (1850-1922) and Thomas Shillito(e) Yeomans (1852-1940). In 1871, they were living in a house in Daniel Hill, Upperthorpe, with Thomas’s father, John. Thomas was the grandson of John Yeomans, a cutlery merchant. George and Thomas were apprentice merchants. By 1876, they had started Maleham & Yeomans and advertised steel, tools and ‘Superior Table Cutlery’. The address of the company – which clearly involved factoring – was Burgess Works in Burgess Street. By 1879, the address was Bowdon Street/Milton Street. George and Thomas lived in 45 Victoria Road, Broomhall Park. In 1881, the firm employed 37 workers. The ‘Bushmans Friend’ has a single edged blade 128mm in length. The blade is maker marked "Maleham & Yeomans, Sheffield", with Bushmans Friend within a scroll. The wooden grips have brass decoration within the studs that hold the grips. The overall length is 23 cm, blade length is 13 cm. The blade is showing signs of age related wear and may have been re sharpened. Complete with its brown leather scabbard with belt hook, all stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK postage. ED 602.
£295.00

Victorian Scottish TE & RS Richardson 52 George Street Edinburgh Folding Bowie Knife Inscribed To 'J. MACGREGOR’ & Dated ‘1895’ With German Silver Fittings & Leather Scabbard. Sn 18862 - 18862
The Scottish Cutlers RS Richardson & Co were first established 1n 1828 and are recorded at 52 George Street Edinburgh operating as cutlers and cycle agents This is an excellent folding Bowie Knife by TE & RS Richardson 52 George Street Edinburgh. It is 11 ¾” overall length when folded & in its original leather scabbard. The knife's 9 ¾” blade is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age. The blade is faintly marked TE & RS Richardson 52 George Street Edinburgh. The grip strap is engraved 'J. MACGREGOR’ & Dated ‘1895’. It has attractive thick chequered walnut scales which are in great condition secured by German silver pins. One scale has a German silver button which releases the blade for opening. When fully extended the knife measures 14 ½” overall and has a folding German silver finger guard. The knife is complete with leather scabbard which has a single leather belt loop stitched to the rear and a flap cover with eyelet that fastens to a brass stud on the front of the scabbard. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK Delivery. Sn 18862
£695.00

Victorian Humphreys & Croo (Crook / Crooke ?) Pall Mall (London) Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Scabbard. Sn 19047 - 19047
This is an excellent Victorian era Bowie. The 12 ½” long, bowie has stag antler scales secured by pins. It has a German silver finger guard and 8” single edged, bowie blade. One side the blade is marked by the maker with partially visible ‘Humphreys & Croo’ Pall Mall (London), most likely Crook or Crooke ? There is no record of any cutlery business named Humphrey & Crook (Crooke ?) in either the London or Sheffield knife books. Humphrey & Co C1875 worked in both Sheffield and London but no reference is made to Humphrey & Co working with a cutler named Crook(e). There are several cutlers named Crooke recorded in London & the provinces but we cannot find a connection between any Crooke with Humphreys. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age. Its original open top leather scabbard has a rear belt loop. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19047
£595.00

Victorian George Beardshaw Sheffield ‘Texas Bowie’ Knife With Stag Antler Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 19054 - 19054
George Beardshaw was a Sheffield cutler based in Spitalfield Place & Mardcus Street from C1845 to 1881 when his son also George entered the business and the Company became Beardshaw & son. George Senior died in 1884 and his son continued the business until his own death in 1914 aged 56 yrs (see page 70 of Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlers 2nd Edition). This is an excellent Victorian era bowie by George Beardshaw. The 12” long, bowie has a solid curved stag antler hilt with steel pommel cap. It has a brass finger guard and 6 ¾” single edged, steel bowie blade with scalloped back edge. On one side the blade is marked by the maker ‘G. Beardshaw Cast Steel’ below Crown VR (Victoria Regina). The reverse has banner with ‘Texas Bowie’. The blade has areas of staining consistent with age. Its original open top leather scabbard has a rear belt loop. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19054
£675.00

Arthur Wright & Son, Sheffield Hand Made Skinning Knife With Polished Bone Grips & Sheath. 19300. - 19300
Founded in 1947, Arthur Wrights is a traditional Sheffield Pen and Pocket knife manufacturer. All of their knives are hand made using methods passed down from generation to generation. This is a skinning Knife hand made by Arthur Wright & Son. It has a perfect 10 ½ cm un-resharpened long blade which is a broad 2 ½ cm. The blade is stamped with the famous Knife makers name on one side ‘A.Wright & Son Ltd Sheffield England’. It has attractive polished bone scales secured by brass rivets with a brass cord hole. This impressive knife is 22 cm in length overall and is complete with its brown leather sheath with belt loop. All stitching and leather of the sheath are intact. Price for this impressive Skinning knife includes UK delivery. 19300.
£195.00
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