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**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

Sheffield Made c1950 William Rodgers Double Edged ‘Stiletto’ Knife and Sheath. ED 2573 - ED 2573
The William Rodgers company of Sheffield, England started manufacturing in 1830-1855, the "I CUT MY WAY" trade-mark being sold to John Clarke & son in 1855 and then to the Egginton group in the 1980s. This double edged ‘fighting/stiletto’ knife has a blade length of 14cm with ‘William Rodgers ‘I Cut © My Way’ imprinted to one side of the ricasso and ‘Made in Sheffield England’ on the other side. The blade doesn’t appear to have been sharpened. The lovely 11cm bone grips are ended with a steel pommel, brass finger guard and leather washers with brass ring infills. The thick leather sheath is held with five brass rivets and is topped with a belt loop. A nice knife and sheath for the collector. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2573.

**WW2 BURMA BRING BACK**Pair Of Kukris With Scabbards & Frogs Direct From Family Of British RASC Sgt 14895725 N. Wain. Sn 18970 - 18970
British Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) Sergeant 14895725 N. Wain served in Burma during WW2 and beyond. This is a pair of Kukri’s found in his effects by family together with other brought home items. The almost identical Kukris each measure 13 ¼” overall length. The tropical hard wood handles have brass pommel caps. The curved 8 ½” blades have notches often found on kukri blades near to the hilt. The blades have fullers and are undamaged (the blades were found with storage grease much of which has been removed to allow photography of the blades). The blades have no manufacturer or date marks. The scabbards made of wood are covered in leather. The scabbards are fitted with leather frogs which have 2 belt loops and buckles. All leather and stitching are intact. Accompanying this Kukri is a photocopy of a period photograph of Sgt Wain in Uniform. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18970 (NB. Sgt Wain also brought back a Japanese NCO’s sword with WD War Trophy certificate & a Ghurkha Kukri with scabbard & frog which were found in his effects with these Kukris, they are listed separately on this website with stock numbers Sn 18969 and Sn 18968 respectively)

**MINT**1970’s Commemorative Geo Wostenholm & Son Washington Works Sheffield ‘I*XL Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave’ Coffin Handle Bowie Knife With Etched Blade & Leather Scabbard. Sn 18962 - 18962
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 made in the 1970’s as a Commemorative piece targeting the American market. It is 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. One side of the blade has deep etched panels with maker’s name and ‘Sole Manufacturers Of The Real I*XL Cutlery’ and American Motto Panels ‘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). The reverse has the Company name and address above ‘None Are Genuine But Those Marked I*XL’. It has brass finger guard bolsters & Oak Coffin shaped scales. The scales are secured to the tang by brass pins. The Bowie comes with a brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop and retaining strap with eyelet that fastens to a brass stud on the body of the scabbard. The price for this impressive Bowie by famous Sheffield makers includes UK delivery. Sn 18962

**WWII Period ‘G.Wolstenholm & Son’ Deck Knife and Scabbard. ED 2559. - ED 2559
The I*XL trademark had originally been registered in 1787 to a W A Smith. The mark books of The Company of Cutlers show I*XL being registered to Wostenholm’s in 1831. Originally the family name was spelt ‘Wolstenholme’ but, story has it that the second George Wolstenholme found this name too long for smaller knives so he omitted the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’. The name has been spelt Wostenholm ever since. Moving to Washington Works, Wellington Street in 1848. It was named 'Washington' after the American trade which made George Wostenholm's fortune. Washington Works was the largest cutlery works of its time, placing cutlery manufacture under one roof of a reported 800 employees and breaking with the established method of small scale cutlery production by Sheffield’s “Little Mesters”. The blade length – 11 ½ cm. Total length including handle – 23 ½ cm. The blade has an ornate serated edge to the top of the spine. This knife has an 11cm Bakelite diamond cut grip handle with a finger guard/quillon. The blade itself is engraved ‘I * XL on the ricasso with ‘G. Wolstenholm and Son Washington Works Sheffield England’ on the cheek. The knife comes with its original brown leather sheath with upper belt loop. The blade and sheath are showing signs of use, but only adds to the history of the item. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2559.

*A Victorian era Silver Mounted’ ‘Koval Sheffield’ Skinning Knife. ED 2548. - ED 2548
A lovely Victorian skinning knife by ‘koval’ made in Sheffield England. Blade length 5 ½ ” *the blade has minor age related pitting to the steel* with stunning polished light horn handle, with a ‘mitre’ shaped pommel in silver Hallmarked hallmark (illegible) with ornate metal work. Just above the silver finger guard is some more ornate silver. The handles are secured by a metal pin. The blade is engraved ‘Koval – Sheffield England’. The sheaths are thick brown leather with more ornate carving and an upper belt loop. A lovely knife and sheath. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2548.
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