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Arthur Wright & Son, Sheffield Hand Made Skinning Knife With Polished Buffalo Horn Grips & Sheath. 19299 - 19299
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 Buffalo horn scales secured by brass rivets with a brass cord hole. This impressive knife is 21 ½” 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. 19299.

Georgian Era C1750 British Naval Midshipman’s Dirk / Dagger With Antique Marine Ivory Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 19128 - 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)

**MINT**SCARCE PATTERN**J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Ivorine Hilt & Ornate Brass Fittings. Sn 19289:19 - 19289:19
Throughout the 1970’s and 1990’s the famous Sheffield cutlers J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy specialised in producing quality classic English & American design Bowies at their Rockingham Street, Sheffield premises. This is a near mint, scarce pattern Middleton knife. It has a pristine 8 ¾” polished steel spear point dagger blade with medial ridge. The knife measures 14 ¾” overall length. The blade is stamped ‘J.E Middleton & Sons Rockingham Street Sheffield’. It has a brass finger guard with scalloped edge decoration. The undamaged ivorine hilt has an ornate clamshell form brass pommel It is complete with its near mint brown leather open top scabbard with brass riveted belt loop. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare knife in near mint condition includes UK delivery. Sn 19289:19

**MINT**1990’s P. Henry & Son Sheffield Custom Made Skinner Knife & Open Top Leather Scabbard. ED 2593 - ED 2593
We cannot find P. Henry in Knife books but internet resources indicate that P. Henry the manufacturer was actually Mr Harry Lovejoy as he was the proprietor of P Henry & Son in Sheffield England and that these knives were made approx. 30 yrs ago. This is a P.Henry & Son custom made skinner. The pritstine 4” blade is signed ‘P.Henry & Son’. It has undamaged wood scales secured by brass pins, small brass finger guard bolsters and butt cap bolsters with tooled decoration. Its open top brown leather scabbard has riveted and stitched edges and single belt loop to the rear. All leather is clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2593

**MASSIVE 18 ½” OVERALL LENGTH**MINT**‘Little Mester’ Reg Cooper Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knife With Coloured Bone Crafted Into Stag Horn Form Grips & Scabbard. Sn 19215 - 19215
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 by this web site and presented to him in person by Reg Cooper. This is a near mint massive Bowie, Knife hand made by Reg Cooper. It has a perfect 12" long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 2” at its widest with decorative scalloped top edge. The tang edges have attractive geometric tooled decoration. The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name ‘R.Cooper Sheffield England’ and one side of the blade ‘Hand Made R. Cooper Sheffield England’. It has a scalloped brass cross guard and attractive polished coloured Bone scales expertly crafted to have the appearance of Stag antler & secured by brass rivets. The scales have brass bolsters. This impressive knife is 18 ½” overall length and is complete with its black leather scabbard with belt loop & 2 retaining straps with press stud fasteners. All stitching and leather of the sheath are clean and as new. The price for this impressive Bowie by a Sheffield ‘Little Mester’ includes UK delivery. Sn 19215

**MINT**Large, English 'Fred James' ‘James & Lowe’ Sheffield Made Hunter’s Companion 'Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Stag Antler hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel & Brass mounted Leather Scabbard. Sn 19023 - 19023
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. Fred James worked for George Wostenholm the famous Sheffield England knife maker who made many of the original Bowie Knives that were exported to the United States during the mid 19th century. When Wostenholm closed its doors Fred apparently helped himself to many of the 19th century patterns, dies and stamps of his previous employer, and went into the business in the early 1970’s of making Bowie Knives himself. The examples of his work that were unmarked found their way into the “antique” arms dealers in the U.K., especially London. Many U.S. knife collectors were also fooled early on thinking that they were buying authentic 1850’s era Bowie Knives . Fred made/assembled knives with his wife Ivy, and for a while also had a Sandy Lowe who worked along with him. Some of his knives were also marked correctly Fred James, or James & Lowe. Today those Bowies stamped with either of these marks are very collectible in their own right and have a ready market among knife collectors (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This James & Lowe Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife Stag Antler hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel. It has an ornate brass finger guard and the 9 ¾” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge. The blade is 1 ¾” at its widest. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave" and Americans Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That’s Wrong’ wither crossed banners of America & Great Britain. The blade also has the American Eagle and ‘Hunter’s Companion’. The ricasso is stamped "James & Lowe Sheffield". The scabbard is brown leather with gold foliate decoration and brass throat mount and chape. The throat mount has a frog locket. The price for this desirable Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 19023

**RARE**ANCIENT CIRCA 15TH CENTURY RENAISSANCE RONDEL ETCHED DAGGER BLADE**Re-Fitted In The Victoran Era With Correct Rondel Dagger Form Polished Walnut & White Metal Hilt. ED 2576 - ED 2576
The rondel dagger was a stabbing weapon very popular as a sidearm throughout Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries . While extremely simple in basic design, the rondel dagger has been executed in an amazing variety of ways. Many historical examples of this style of weapon, which features disc-shaped rondels on one or both ends of the hilt, survive today. The discs at the "pommel" and/or "guard" may be solid metal, layers of metal and wood, or some other combination. The blade is seen in a myriad of forms, including single-edged flat or hollow-ground, double-edged, triangular with little or no edge, diamond section and others. This is an excellent original C15th century Rondel blade re hilted to a high quality at some point in its life most likely during the Victorian era when the revival of interest in renaissance era weapons took place. Its original C15th Century flat diamond section blade is clean and crisply etched on both sides with foliate imagery and winged Cherub devices. The blade is 13” length and it measures 18 ½” overall length. It has the correct polished walnut curved disc shaped finger guard found on rondel daggers, this one with stepped white metal simulated flower petal mount on the underside of the guard. It has a turned walnut grip with scalloped white metal ferrules & stepped flower head with petals shaped white metal pommel cap. The price for this rare rondel dagger blade in superb condition for its great age with quality Victorian era mounts includes UK delivery. ED 2576

Victorian English George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 18963 - 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

WW1 Era M13 British Army In India Gurkha Kukri, 2 Skinners, Scabbard Leather Frog & Khaki Field Combat Cover . ED 2575 - ED 2575
This is an original WW1 era British WD Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 13” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & blood notch. The blade has staining to be expected with age and service use. The blade is marked ‘M13’. It measures 17” overall. The tropical hard wood grip with 5 grooved bands in the midsection is secured by 2 brass rivets and it has a steel pommel plate. It comes with original leather covered wood scabbard fitted with khaki field combat cover & leather frog which is secured to the scabbard by leather laces & has 2 belt loops with adjustable straps with buckles. The frog has 2 pockets for the skinners at the throat. The skinner’s blades are both 2 ¾” length and are typically curved. One of the blades is un-sharpened. Both skinners have wood handles. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2575

**BURMA BRING BACK**WW2 British Soldier’s Kukri With 2 Skinners & Scabbard With Hand Tooled Decoration ‘Burma India Assam D. McKenzie Royal Engineers King George VI Regimental Badge’ . ED 2574 - ED 2574
This is an original WW2 British Royal Engineers Kukri brought home from Burma after WW2. The weapon is 15 ¾” overall length. The tropical hard wood handle has hand tooled foliate decoration in the midsection. The curved 12” blade has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade is sharp & undamaged and has staining consistent with age. The blade has no maker or date marks. The scabbard made of wood is covered in leather. It has 2 slots for the skinners at the throat. The skinner’s blades are both 2 ¼” length and are typically curved. One of the blades is un-sharpened. Both skinners have polished horn handles. The scabbard has a single belt loop. The scabbard has profuse hand tooled decoration consisting of the words ‘Burma, India & Assam ( a state in north eastern India),together with the name ‘D. McKenzie’ below the Royal Engineers King George VI Regimental Badge and foliate decoration (There were several Royal Engineers with the name D. McKenzie who served in the Burma Theatre of war during WW2 :source Forces War Records). The leather has just surface wear to be expected with age and service use. The price for this Burma bring back includes UK delivery. ED 2574
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