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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) Unusual Near Mint Massive Hand Tooled Spear Pointed Bowie By David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield. ED 2223 - ED 2224
This is an unusual, near mint massive hand tooled spear pointed bowie knife made by David North of Killamarsh, Sheffield. The knife is 17 ¼ inches in length with a 11 ½ inch blade with a spear point with a false edge 4 ¾ inches long. The ricasso is crisply stamped David North Sheffield England. The pommel has a hybrid mythical horse with alligator skin cast into it. Both the crossguard and pommel are made of nickel. The grips are made of ivorine held on with four pins and it is inlaid with a bland silver escutcheon. The knife comes with its original brown leather scabbard with an integral belt loop. It is unusual find a large spear point knife of this size made by David Marsh. (This knife appears to be one of a pair, this one being a spear point bowie and the other a plain bowie blade, stock numbers ED 2224 and ED 2225). The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2224

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. Sn 15372:13 - 15372:13
Along with Joseph Rodgers, George Wostenholm is possibly the most famous name in Sheffield cutlery. Geo Wolstenholm’s first knife making works were established in 1785. The Wolstenholm 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 Wosenholm 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 hand made, 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. Sn 15372:13

**RESERVED**UNTIL 18/12**WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades, Gouged Bone Scales & Copper Shackle. ED 2224 - ED 2224
This is a WW1 Era British Morby & Sons Sheffield Military Folding Clasp Knife With 2 Blades (a similar knife is illustrated on page 136 of Flook’s book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). The knife has 2 fold out blades. The 3” single edged blade is signed by the maker. As is common with these military utility knives the tip is absent no doubt due to use in the field. The smaller 1 ¾” tin opener blade has a thumb spur to assist opening. Both blades have staining consistent with age. The blades fold neatly into its steel frame which has undamaged gouged decorated bone scales secured by pins. The knife has a copper shackle. The scales and shackle are identical to the knife illustrated in Flook’s book. Closed the knife measures 4 ½” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 7 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2224

EXTREMELY RARE, MINT, MINIATURE, R.R. Middleton, Sheffield (Sons Of The Famous Cutler J.E. Middleton) Hand Made Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Brass Fittings. Sn 15530 - 15530
This is an impressive, extremely rare and sought after hand made miniature Bowie Knife, made at Rockingham Street, Sheffield by the sons of the now deceased J.E. Middleton. J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy are famous for their quality full size Bowies. Ron Middleton now himself in his 80’s states that only 300 miniatures were ever made by the Middletons and most were exported to the USA. This miniature Bowie superbly displays the craftsmanship of the Middletons. The miniature is an exact replica of their full size example with the same quality and attention to detail. The miniature is in mint, as new condition. It measures a diminutive 98mm overall length with a 65mm polished steel Bowie blade. The blade is signed on one side ‘R.R. Middleton’ (Ron & Roy Middleton). It has a polished brass grip frame, flat, waisted, polished brass cross guard with scalloped ends, polished brass ferrule and scalloped pommel. The scales are 2 pieces of ivory hue polished horn secured by 2 brass pins. The price for this quality miniature Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 15530

RARE MAKERS, C1850 Victorian Irish O’Neill & Thompson Dublin Horseman's / Coachman's Multi Bladed Folding Lock Knife With 10 Blades / Tools & Antique Ivory Scales. ED 2245 - ED 2245
This is a C1850 Irish Dublin made Horseman's / Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by the rare to find makers Thompson & O’Neill. The knife has 6 fold out tools, 1 removable spike tool and screw driver tip. The 3 ½” single edged blade is signed by the makers Thompson & O’Neill. The blade locks into place securely and is released by depression of a small ribbed steel lever on the back of the frame. The file tool is marked ‘Dublin’. The smaller single edged blade is 2 ½” length . The tools which can be seen in the images fold neatly into its steel frame which has antique ivory scales secured by steel pins. The scales have contemporary minor cracks which are stable and secure. One scale is inlaid with a void silver shield. The back of the frame has a hinged lanyard ring. Slotted into one of the scales is a spike tool. Closed the knife measures 5” length. The length with larger locking blade open measures 8 ½” overall. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2245

Large Early English Victorian Form Heinrich Boker & Co Solingen Germany Chestnut Tree Trade Mark Full Tang Saw Back Bowie knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. Sn 14878 - 14878
The Chestnut tree on the Böker logo traces its roots back to the first tiny tool shop in Remscheid, Germany. Böker tools were so successful that they were among the most popular of Germans goods 100 years after the company’s humble beginnings. Due to political strife and an unsettled military state, there was demand for sabers so the Böker brothers, Hermann, Heinrich and Robert, began fabricating them in their shop to meet the call of the market. Realizing the demand for all manner of cutting tools and implements not only in Germany but also on a global scale, Hermann Böker emigrated and founded H. Böker & Co. in New York, while his younger brother Robert pursued his trade in Canada, later founding a branch in Mexico in 1865. This branch is still in operation in its country under the name of Casa Böker. Heinrich went to Solingen, where the German tool industry was quickly growing, to further his enterprise. In 1869, he founded Heinr. Böker & Co. with Hermann Heuser, a prominent specialist in the field of cutting tools. With interest and demand for pocket knives, blades for shaving and scissors, the company wanted to unify its global presence and overcome any existing language barrier. In order to do so, Heinrich felt that the chestnut tree from in front of the Remscheid facility was an easy to remember universal symbol to represent the company’s worldwide reach, along with the arrow symbol. Despite the devastation of World War II, an ad from this time period (1874) survived showing both Böker logos. Since the business relationship between the two family branches was always cordial, Heinrich was able to use the Chestnut tree symbol for his Solingen factory, where, since that time, no Böker product has left the Solingen factory without bearing the trademark tree logo. This is an impressive 15 1/2" long, early Victorian English form saw back Bowie by H.Boker & Co Solingen (early Victorian form bowies were made without finger guards). It has stag horn scales secured by 5 rivets through its full tang one piece heavy blade. The single edged steel Bowie blade with fullers is 10 ½” length. The back of the blade has a 6 ½” long deep cut sharp saw back section near to the hilt. The blade is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is crisply marked by the maker ‘H.Boker & Co Solingen’ together with Chestnut tree trade mark. It's original brown leather scabbard has an integral belt loop with retaining strap (the strap is absent its buckle which has become detached at some point in its history). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14878

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

C1995 Full Size Limited Edition 175th Anniversary Commemorative Siebe Gorman Diver’s Knife With Spear Point Blade, Brass Fittings Blade Number 021 Of 500 & Brass Scabbard. Sn 15349 - 15349
C1995 the Siebe Gorman Company released a limited edition diver’s knife to commemorate the 175 anniversary of the formation of the company, in the early 19th Century. Approx. 500 were made. This example is in excellent condition. The knife has a 1 ½” broad 7 ½” long double edged steel blade with medial ridge (13 ¼” overall). The blade is undamaged with just light staining. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Siebe Gorman Serial Number 021’ together with the Siebe Gorman 175th Anniversary logo. It has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with turned Rosewood handle . The knife is complete with original solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price for this fully functional commemorative diver’s knife includes UK delivery. Sn 15349

Victorian English Edward Gem / Alfred Field & Co Sheffield Arkansas Toothpick Bowie Knife With ‘Hunter’s’ Etched Blade, German Silver Fittings, Polished Horn Scales, Original Scabbard & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. Sn 14642 - 14642
Alfred Field began a hardware business in Birmingham in 1836, shortly after he opened a branch Office in New York City USA. He returned in to Birmingham 1854 and by 1876 has opened a Sheffield office in Westfield Terrace. The business was recorded as a manufacturer of cutlery, knives & scissors, he was also the agent in the USA for the famous Sheffield knife manufacturers Joseph Rodgers and Joseph Elliot. He died on 28th May 1884 aged 70 and the business continued under his son Harry Field between 1899 and 1913 operating as Alfred Field & Co. The business address at this time was Continental Works Westfield Terrace and in 1890 it bought the Eyre Street Sheffield address and trademarks of Edward Gem. The company traded under the names ‘Continental Cutlery Co, Alex Fraser & Co, Progress & Citerion. This is an original Victorian Arkansas Toothpick form Bowie knife made by Edward Gem or Alfred Field & Co of Sheffield. The steel, double edged ‘Arkansas Toothpick’ form blade with medial ridge is 9 ½” length. The blade has staining and rubbed areas consistent with age. The knife measures 14 ½” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side with faint scrollwork banners and partially readable motto ‘Hunter’s ????’. The ricasso has the arrow through diamond trademark used by Edward Gem & Alfred Field & Co together with address ‘No.6 Eyre Street, Sheffield’. The knife has a German silver cross guard and undamaged polished horn scales secured by 3 brass pins. One scale has an inlaid void German silver shield escutcheon. The Bowie comes with its original open top leather scabbard with German silver chape. The leather is tired and worn but intact and the chape is dented but secure. The knife also comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this knife. The knife fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14642

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
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