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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

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.
£195.00

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)
£495.00

**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
£595.00

**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
£295.00

**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
£575.00
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