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Cased C1950’s George Wostenholm & Son Sheffield I*XL* Bowie Knife. Sn 15372:8 - 15372:8
This is an excellent George Wostenholm & Son Bowie made C1950’s. The knife is in excellent condition. Its polished 6” single edged Bowie blade is crisply marked I*XL* and inscribed with the makers name within banner. The reverse is inscribed ‘Sheffield England’ the back of the blade is decoratively scalloped near to the hilt. The wood grips are secured by brass rivets and one scale is scalloped for grip. The dagger is contained in its original wood case. The case has a hinged lid and single clasp fastener. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. The white material has the makers name and I*XL* highlighted in gold. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15372:8
£295.00

1912-1913 English Sheffield Silver Sterling Silver Hallmarked Blade Folding Fruit Knife By W V & S With Mother Of Pearl Scales & Escutcheon With Monogram ‘E.B.S’ In Period Preston’s Ltd, Bolton Case. Sn 15103 - 15103
A 1912 to 1913 hallmarked silver bladed fruit knife with mother of pearl scales. The slabs are made from quality pieces of mother of pearl and are clean and undamaged. One slab has an inlaid silver shield escutcheon with inscribed monogram ‘E.B.S’. It has a 2 ½” single edged folding hallmarked silver blade Sheffield 1912-13. The unknown makers stamp ‘WV & S’ is incorporated in the hallmark (all illustrated). The blade is clean. The knife measures 6” when open and 3 ½” closed. It is carried in its period fitted, leather covered wood case with hinged lid and press stud catch opener. The case is lined in purple felt and white silk. The silk is ink stamped by the retailer Preston’s ltd Bolton (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15103
£175.00

MINT, English Large 'Fred James' Sheffield Made 'America Land Of The Free & Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Polished Horn Scales, Embossed Mythical Hybrid Horse / Leopard Brass Pommel & Leather Scabbard. Sn 9266 - 9266
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. He began his career in 1935 at Johnson's Portobello Works & continued work at Wostenholm's Washington Works in 1956. In 1971 when the companies of Wostenholm and Rodgers merged, James began his own knife making business (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This Fred James Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife has polished horn scales secured with steel pins. The brass pommel sections are embossed on both sides with a mythical hybrid Horse / Leopard figure. It has a brass cross guard and the 9” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave". The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The scabbard is black leather with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 9266
£475.00

Near Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Ornate Mother of Pearl Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 14858 - 14858
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This beautiful, large hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is 10" long with a false back edge, it is 1 1/2" wide at its widest point. The knife measures 14 3/4” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has an nickel cross guard. Its grips are Mother of Pearl with polished nickel ornate 'Lion' image pommel. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14858
£545.00

Mint David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Polished Wood Grips and Brown Leather Sheath. Sn 14857 - 14857
David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives and one of the last 'Cottage Cutlers' to come out of Sheffield. This beautiful, large hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The mint condition blade is 10" long with a decorative scalloped back edge. The knife measures 15 1/4” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The knife has an ornate scalloped cross guard. Its grips are polished hard wood secured with four pins, the tang has a hand worked ornate edge on both sides, visbile between the grips. The knife has its original hand made brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14857
£545.00

RARE, British WW1 era, Military 'Escape Knife' Folding Pocket Knife By Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield. Sn 14765 - 14765
These rare, items are very desirable and much sought after, see page 85 item 434 of Stephen’s book Fighting Knives where an example with the same scale marking as ours ‘RD 354051’ is described as the fore runner to the British Special Forces (Special Operations Executive) escape tool. This WW1 example has German silver scales and lanyard ring. One scale is stamped ‘RD 354051’. It is in very good condition. The knife features an integral wire cutter the arm of which is held to the body of the knife by a German silver hinged 'hoop bar'. It measures 5 ¾”overall when closed and has 2 single edged folding blades. One measures 3" and is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Joseph Rodgers & Sons Cutlers To His Majesty Sheffield England' together with Crown GR (George Rex). The reverse has Roger’s trademark. The second blade measures 2" and has a thumb lug spur to assist one handed opening. The smaller blade is marked with Roger’s factory address ‘No.6 Norfolk Street Sheffield England’ the reverse with Roger’s trademark. Both blades have staining and service wear to the cutting edges. The price for this rare escape knife includes UK delivery. Sn 14765
£875.00

RARE, NOBLEMAN’s QUALITY, Large, English, George III, 1786 Dated Clamshell Stag / Boar Hunting Dagger / Sidearm With Etched, Blued & Gilt Blade Signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ With Stag Antler Grip & Scabbard. (Sn 14659 Daggers & Swords) - 14659
This is a rare, quality made Georgian Clamshell Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Stag or Boar for self defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This dagger has a heavy Stag Antler hilt with heavy brass fittings including cross guard, large clamshell, ferrule and butt cap with finial. The blade is 1 ¼” broad at its widest and is 22” length. The dagger measures 28” overall length. The blade has beautiful etched, blued and gilt panels on both sides and the back of the blade featuring , Stags in the field, horns, Antlers and foliate designs together with British heraldic arms and Crown above Royal Cypher ‘Crown GR III’ ( George II Rex). The back of the blade is signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ and dated ‘1786’. The weapon is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with brass chape and throat mount with locket. The throat mount is slotted for small skinning knife which is absent. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean, undamaged & intact. The price for this quality Nobleman’s hunting sidearm worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14659
£1,375.00

FS COMMANDO DAGGER CONNECTIONS Victorian Era Marshall Glasgow Scotland Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Original Leather Sheath. (Sn 14522 Daggers & Swords) - 14522
A nice Victorian era Scottish Bowie & Scabbard. It has lovely stag horn scales secured by brass pins & German Silver cross guard. It has an 8” single edged, steel bowie blade, marked ‘Marshall Glasgow’ (most likely J&I Marshall, Glasgow, Scotland, a firm of Cutlers dating back to 1888 who went on to make FS commando fighting knives bearing their name during WW2. FS knives bearing Marshall’s name are extremely rare and sought after). The bowie measures 12 ¼” overall length. Its original brown leather sheath has an integral belt loop and stitched seam. The leather of the sheath is intact but has surface scuffs consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14522
£575.00

MASSIVE, English Victorian Coachman's W&S Butcher Sheffield Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Coach Key & Stag Antler Scales . (ED 2211 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2211
The Butcher Brothers William & Samuel were one of the most enterprising of partnerships in Sheffield during the early 19th Century. Primarily tool makers they gained a very high reputation for making quality knives. In 1819 they are recorded as having premises at Eyre Lane, Sheffield. Between 1830 and 1850 the business expanded to Furnival street and into a large tenement type factory known as the ‘Butcher’s Wheel’ (see page 167 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a massive Victorian era Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Butcher Sheffield. The knife has 9 fold out tools and blades including the Hackney Cab Coach door key ( illustrated). The saw blade with screwdriver tip is marked with partially visible manufacturer’s name ‘Butcher Sheffield’. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The frame of the knife has an integral screwdriver tip and slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4 ½” blade unfolded the knife measures 10” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian Coachman’s knife includes UK delivery. ED 2211
£1,200.00

Victorian Era English Thomas Turner & Co Sheffield ‘Encore’ Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Sheath. Sn 14445 - 14445
At the end of the 19th century, Thomas Turner was one of the most important cutlery firms in Sheffield. The company was founded in 1802. By 1822, it was listed in a Sheffield directory in Norfolk Street. The company mixed steel and tool manufacture with cutlery, and also operated as a merchant. The owner was Thomas Turner, living at East Bank. After he died on 5 March 1845, aged 61, the business passed to his eldest son, also named Thomas. The latter had been born on 10 January 1829. His brothers, Benjamin Thorne and William Thorne Turner, also became partners. By the 1850s, the company's reputation was secure. In 1851, it won a Prize Medal at the Great Exhibition. Sometimes Turner stamped several slogans on each knife. Aside from the slogans, Turner's used the trade mark "Encore"(granted in 1805). This is a very good Victorian era English ‘Encore’ Bowie by Thos (Thomas) Turner & Co. It has undamaged stag horn scales & German Silver cross guard. It has a 6” single edged, deep swept Bowie blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘Thos Turner & Co Sheffield’ and with ‘Encore’ trademark. It measures 10” overall length. It has a riveted & stitched brown leather sheath. All leather, rivets & stitching of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14445
£275.00
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