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Victorian Henry Thomas Underwood London Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle & Leather Scabbard With Hilt Retaining Clip To WW1 Captain Stephen Mitchell, Scottish Fife & Forfar Yeomanry Later MP For Lanark. ED 2424 - ED 2424
The Underwood family of London based Cutlers began their knife making heritage with Yeeling Underwood in 1791. Henry Thomas Underwood was recorded as working at 56 Haymarket between 1822 until his death in 1860. The family business continued making knives marked ‘Underwood’ until 1925 when the company ceased trading. Stephen Mitchell (10 March 1884 – 7 June 1951) was a Scottish Unionist politician who sought change through unity. Educated at Loretto School and Jesus College, Cambridge, he served as a Major with the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, including service in World War I. He was a Director of Imperial Tobacco. Mitchell was Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for Lanark from 1924 until 1929. Mitchell also was a Member of the Royal Company of Archers and was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1945-1946. A copy of a contemporary photo portrait of Stephen Mitchell MP is illustrated in image 3. This is an excellent spear point Bowie Knife made by Henry Thomas Underwood With Scabbard Marked to Capt Stephen Mitchell of the Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, no doubt carried by him as a private purchase fighting knife during WW1. The knife and scabbard are similar to those described and illustrated on pages 182 & 184 of ‘The London Knife Book 1820-1945’ by Flook). It has a clean, sharp, 8” long polished steel spear point blade with medial ridge. The knife measures 13 ¼” overall. One side of the blade is marked with partially visible ‘Crown VR’ (Victoria Regina) above maker detail ‘Underwood 56 Haymarket London’. It has a German Silver, ferrule & cross guard holed for scabbard retaining clip and attractive, undamaged, curved Stag horn handle with German Silver pommel cap. The Bowie has its original brown leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a stitched seam and single belt loop. The throat has a steel scabbard retaining clip which works as it should and keeps the Bowie securely in its scabbard. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The body of the scabbard has period ink handwriting ‘Captain Stephen Mitchell, Fife & Forfar Yeomanry’. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2424

Victorian Scottish T. Chapman Glasgow Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Hilt & Scabbard German Silver Fittings. Sn 16150 - 16150
This is a very good Victorian era spear point bowie. The 13 ½” long, bowie has a solid curved stag horn hilt with polished horn pommel cap. It has a steel finger guard holed for scabbard retaining clip and an 8 ¼”single edged, spear point steel blade, on one side it is marked at the ricasso ‘T. Chapman Glasgow’. The blade is undamaged and has staining consistent with age. Its original brown leather scabbard has a nickel silver throat mount with belt bar, scabbard retainig clip which functions as it should & chape. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16150

Victorian Geo Fisher, Sheffield, ‘SD’ Etched Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales, German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 16148 - 16148
This is a very good Victorian era spear point bowie. The 12” long, bowie has stag horn scales secured by steel pins. It has a nickel silver finger guard and a 7 ¾” single edged, spear point steel blade, on one side it is marked crisply at the ricasso,' SD' and also has ‘Geo Fisher Sheffield’. The blade is undamaged and has staining consistent with age. Its original brown leather scabbard has a nickel silver throat mount with locket & chape with ball end. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The scabbard’s chape has several minor dents consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16148

Victorian Pre 1876 William Morton Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Buffalo Horn Scales, Folding Cork Screw, Removable Spike & Tweezers With Leather Scabbard. Sn 16151 - 16151
The date William Morton launched his knife making business is unknown but he is listed as a spring knife maker in Darnall in 1868. William Morton & Sons Sheffield were first listed in directories in 1876 at the old Rockingham Works 175 Rockingham Street, Sheffield as makers of pocket knives and sports knives (see page 231 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an excellent Victorian era folding Bowie Knife by William Morton in its original leather scabbard. The knife's 6 ¾” spear point bowie blade has just light staining consistent with age. The knife measures 11 ¼” overall length. The blade is crisply marked on one side with the manufacturer’s name ‘W. Morton Sheffield’ together with the manufacturer’s ‘Weighing Scales’ trade mark. It has undamaged chequered Buffalo horn scales which are slotted for original removable tools which consist of a 3 ¾” pin sharp steel spike and a pair of steel tweezers. It has a German Silver finger guard. The steel grip frame incorporates a folding cork screw. The knife is complete with original open top brown leather scabbard which has an integral single leather belt loop. All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK Delivery. Sn 16151

MINT, Large ‘I*XL Californian’ Bowie Knife By Geo Wostenholm & Son, Washington Works Sheffield With Coffin Handle & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. ED 2416 - ED 2416
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, near mint, I*XL Bowie Knife made by Geo Wostenholm & Son at their Washington Works Sheffield. It has a 9 ¾” long deep swept bowie blade which is 1 ¾” broad at its widest point. The knife measures 14 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife's model detail 'I*XL.' and the blade is marked with the makers name and address together with American Eagle and ‘California Knife’ (all illustrated). It has a brass cross guard & slab wood scales secured by brass pins. The Bowie comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler handmade, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this impressive Bowie. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2416

Bowie Knife & Sheath By John Nowill & Sons Of Sheffield. ED 2406 - ED 2406
This is a quality bowie knife by John Nowill & Sons of Sheffield who have been making quality knives in Sheffield since 1700. The family have traded under various names until John Nowill acquired the cross keys trademark in 1842. This kife has a 6 inch blade which is marked on the blade with JOHN NOWILL & SONS LTD SHEFFIELD EST A.D 1700 flanked with the cross keys and * over D. the knife has a brass crossguard which is secured by 2 brass rivets and wooden rosewood grips which are all secured by 5 brass rivets. The sheath is mad of brown leather with a retaining strap and press stud fastener at the top. ED 2406

Special Limited Edition. The London Knife Book, Signed Leather Bound Limited Edition 75 Of 100, 1820 - 1945 by Ron Flook. BO 318 - BO 318
Special Limited Edition This is a new, signed, leather bound hardback limited edition, 75 of 100 of ‘The London Knife Book, An A-Z guide to London Cutlers, 1820 – 1945’ by Ron Flook. The book has 230 quality pages packed with colour photos of every type of knife made in London during the period, listing all the Cutlers with their details. This book comes with a limited edition 82 of 100 commemorative label and is personally signed by the author Ron Flooks inside the front cover. The price includes UK delivery. BO 318

MINT Pat Mitchell Knife In Original Brown Leather Scabbard. ED 878 - ED 878
This is a near mint hand crafted knife made from the 1970s by the husband and wife team of Stuart and Pat Mitchell who operated from the Portland works in Sheffield from 1957 and now are sadly deceased. The company has been carried on by their son, Stuart Mitchell Jr.. All knives made by the husband and wife team were stamped Pat Mitchell SHEFFIELD ENGLAND within an oval and HAND MADE below. This knife measures 10 inches in total with a blade of 5 ¼ inches long. The crossguard and pommel are made of brass with stag horn grips held on by four brass pins. The pommes is pierced for a lanyard which is made of leather. The scabbard is made from brown leather with a press stud strap to hold the knife secure. The front of the scabbard is stamped with an unknown crest and the rear carries the Arms of Sheffield. This is a nice knife made by well-respected Sheffield makers. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 878

**RESERVED**UNTIL 18/12**WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades, Gouged Bone Scales & Copper Shackle. ED 2224 - ED 2224
This is a WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades (a similar knife is illustrated on page 136 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). The knife has 2 fold out blades. The 3” single edged blade is signed by the maker. As is common with these military utility knives the tip is absent no doubt due to use in the field. The smaller 1 ¾” tin opener blade has a thumb spur to assist opening. Both blades have staining consistent with age. The blades fold neatly into its steel frame which has undamaged gouged decorated bone scales secured by pins. The knife has a copper shackle. The scales and shackle are identical to the knife illustrated in Flook’s book. Closed the knife measures 4 ½” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 7 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2224

Large Early English Victorian Form Heinrich Boker & Co Solingen Germany Chestnut Tree Trade Mark Full Tang Saw Back Bowie knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 14878 - 14878
The Chestnut tree on the Böker logo traces its roots back to the first tiny tool shop in Remscheid, Germany. Böker tools were so successful that they were among the most popular of Germans goods 100 years after the company’s humble beginnings. Due to political strife and an unsettled military state, there was demand for sabers so the Böker brothers, Hermann, Heinrich and Robert, began fabricating them in their shop to meet the call of the market. Realizing the demand for all manner of cutting tools and implements not only in Germany but also on a global scale, Hermann Böker emigrated and founded H. Böker & Co. in New York, while his younger brother Robert pursued his trade in Canada, later founding a branch in Mexico in 1865. This branch is still in operation in its country under the name of Casa Böker. Heinrich went to Solingen, where the German tool industry was quickly growing, to further his enterprise. In 1869, he founded Heinr. Böker & Co. with Hermann Heuser, a prominent specialist in the field of cutting tools. With interest and demand for pocket knives, blades for shaving and scissors, the company wanted to unify its global presence and overcome any existing language barrier. In order to do so, Heinrich felt that the chestnut tree from in front of the Remscheid facility was an easy to remember universal symbol to represent the company’s worldwide reach, along with the arrow symbol. Despite the devastation of World War II, an ad from this time period (1874) survived showing both Böker logos. Since the business relationship between the two family branches was always cordial, Heinrich was able to use the Chestnut tree symbol for his Solingen factory, where, since that time, no Böker product has left the Solingen factory without bearing the trademark tree logo. This is an impressive 15 1/2" long, early Victorian English form saw back Bowie by H.Boker & Co Solingen (early Victorian form bowies were made without finger guards). It has stag horn scales secured by 5 rivets through its full tang one piece heavy blade. The single edged steel Bowie blade with fullers is 10 ½” length. The back of the blade has a 6 ½” long deep cut sharp saw back section near to the hilt. The blade is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is crisply marked by the maker ‘H.Boker & Co Solingen’ together with Chestnut tree trade mark. It's original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap (the strap is absent its buckle which has become detached at some point in its history). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14878
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