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Large J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Hand Made Bowie Knife With Solid Stag Horn Handle & Scabbard. ED 2428 - ED 2428
This is an impressive, original, Large Bowie Knife made in Sheffield by the now deceased J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy Middleton. It has a 10 ¾” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ¾” at its widest edge. The knife measures 16 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield'. It has a scalloped brass cross guard and curved handle made from one piece of solid Stag horn. The Bowie has its brown leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a single belt loop impressed ‘RM’ (either Ron or Roy Middleton who made the scabbards for Middleton & Sons Bowies). All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2428
£345.00

WW2 1942 British Army In India Ghurkha Kukri With 1944 WD Scabbard & Frog. Sn 16304 - 16304
This is an original WW2 Ghurkha’s Kukri. The sturdy military grade weapon is 17 ¼” overall length. The wood handle which has a steel pommel cap. The curved 13” blade is sharp and has the distinctive Kukri ‘notch’. The blade has a small nick to the cutting edge consistent with service use and has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is date stamped ‘1942’ and ‘Calcutta’. The original scabbard made of wood is covered in brown leather and has a small brass chape. One side of the scabbard is impressed with ‘C WD broad arrow 873’, ‘1944’ date and has other indistinct letters (illustrated). The scabbard is fitted with its original leather frog with 2 belt loops. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16304
£495.00

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
£1,200.00

Large Sheffield Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales Intricate Tooled Decoration & Scabbard. ED 2422 - ED 2422
This is an impressive, large Bowie knife made in Sheffield. It has a clean pristine 9 ¾” long deep swept Bowie blade which is a broad 1 ¾” at its widest edge. The back of the blade has scalloped tool work and the grip frame has intricate tooled decoration. The knife measures 14 ¾” overall. The ricasso is marked ‘Made In Sheffield' (there are no manufacturer marks on this Bowie). It has a brass cross guard with scalloped decoration and Stag Antler scales secured by brass pins. One scale is mounted with a void brass plate. The Bowie has a brown leather scabbard with 2 retaining straps & press stud fasteners & belt loop . All stitching & leather of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2422
£295.00

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
£795.00

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
£895.00

Victorian Era, Thomas Ellin & Co Sheffield ‘My Country My Honour’ Bowie Knife With Antique Ivory Handle, German Silver Mounts, Clamshell Form Pommel, Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 16149 - 16149
The Sheffield cutlers Thomas Ellin & Co was founded By Thomas Ellin (1771-1845). By the 1840’s the Company the business address was Sylvester Gardens Sheffield. In the 19th century the business expanded and was the first to employ steam driven saws for cutting ivory, horn & bone. The Company moved into manufacture of large Bowies when American & British Empire markets expanded in the Victorian era (see page 186 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an attractive Victorian era Bowie Knife by Ellin & Co. It measures 15 ¼” overall with a 9 ½” bowie blade popular in the mid 1800’s. The ricasso is stamped by the maker ‘T.Ellin & Co Sheffield’. The clean blade has etched panels on both sides, one side ‘My Country’ the reverse ‘And Honour’ . The elegantly shaped antique ivory handle is undamaged. The ribbed ferrule, Clamshell form pommel and cross guard are German Silver. The dagger is complete with its original brown leather open top scabbard with belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16149
£575.00

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
£875.00

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
£475.00

MINT, Large Geo Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield ‘I*XL Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave’ Coffin Handle Bowie Knife With Etched Blade & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. ED 2414 - ED 2414
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 near mint condition made by Geo Wolstenholm & Son at their Washington Works Sheffield. It has a 9 ¾” long deep swept polished steel bowie blade which is 2” 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 Deep etched Wostenholm Sheffield detail and panel With Wostenholm address and American Mottos ‘ United States The Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave Protected By The Noble And Brave Volunteers, Americans Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That Is Wrong’ (all illustrated). It has brass finger guard bolsters & Oak Coffin shaped scales which are each 4mm thick. The scales are secured to the tang 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 2414
£475.00
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