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Victorian / Edwardian Era English Crookes & Crookes Sheffield Folding Multi Tool Gamekeeper’s / Shooter’s Clasp Knife With 12 and 16 Bore Shotgun Cartridge Extractor’s & Spratt’s Patent Game Meal Advertising Livery. Sn 17785 - 17785
In 1859 the Sheffield cutlers John Brookes & Thomas Crookes appear in Melville & Co’s Commercial directory of Sheffield as manufacturers of knives and dressing case instruments. The Company had a warehouse, workshops, engine house & grinding wheel behind a house on St Philip’s Road on the outskirts of the cutlery making district of Sheffield. The workshop / factory was named the Atlantic works and was previously the address of knife maker Thomas Wigfall. The Company took advantage of the booming American market making Bowies for the British & American markets (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). Established in London circa 1860 Spratt’s pioneered the concept of animal life stages with appropriate foods for each stage. This is a nice Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Southern & Richardson in the form popular in the Victorian / Edwardian era advertising Spratt’s game meal. The knife has 7 tools and blades (1 single edged blade, corkscrew, screwdriver tip frame, hook, 12 & 16 bore shotgun cartridge extractor bolsters, removable spike or tweezers). The blade and hook are signed by the makers ‘Crookes & Crookes Sheffield’ and have their bell trademark. The 3” single edged blade is etched ‘Spratt’s Game Meal’ on both sides (one side mostly rubbed). The hook is marked with bell trade mark alongside ‘Patent’ & ‘Graduating Extractor’. The knife has undamaged Stag horn scales. Both scales are mounted with German Silver plates embossed ‘Spratt’s Patent’ together with ‘X’ mark One scale is mounted with void German Silver oval disc. One end of the frame has a screwdriver tip. The German Silver bolsters act as shotgun cartridge extractors. One bolster has the bell trademark alongside ‘Patent’ and ‘12’ (bore). The other has the bell trademark alongside ‘Patent’ and ‘16’ (bore) The block hinge of the corkscrew is German Silver. One scale is slotted for accessory which holds a steel spike or tweezers (the accessory is firmly lodged in the scale and we do not want to risk damage by forcibly removing it). The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With the 3” blade unfolded the knife measures 8” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame which is reinforced with brass inserts. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17785
£475.00

UNAVAILABLE UNAVAILABLE Victorian Era English Southern & Richardson Sheffield Folding Multi Bladed Sportsman’s ‘Nest Knife’. Sn 17786 - 17786
Mr Southern and Mr Wilson founded the company in 1828, with Mr Wilson as the works manager and Mr Southern as the travelling salesman. A centenary booklet by the company pointed out that ‘Travelling in those days was a long… [and] very tedious business, as it had to be done by horse and trap’ and that Mr Southern was away for very long periods of time, because he had to travel throughout the country and to the Mediterranean markets. In 1847 Mr Wilson retired and was replaced by Mr Samuel Richardson, which was when the company name changed to Southern & Richardson. In 1851 the company moved from Wheeldon Works, Solly Street to the Don Cutlery Works on Doncaster Street, where they stayed for over 70 years. During the First World War the company made cutlery for the Army and Navy, continuing when 65% of their employees joined up, a figure that was the highest for all firms in Sheffield. In total, 18 employees were killed during their service.In 1919 Southern & Richardson joined Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Ltd, a merger led by Needham, Veall & Tyzack. This venture was not a success and in order to rationalise production, Southern and Richardson moved to the Needham, Veall & Tyzack site on Thomas Street and Milton Street. This is a nice Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Southern & Richardson in the form popular in the Victorian era. The knife has 10 tools and blades (2 single edged blades,1 saw blade, gimlet, corkscrew, file with screwdriver tip, triangular spike, hook, removable spike and tweezers). Some of the blades and tools are signed by the makers ‘Southern & Richardson Sheffield’ and have ‘Birds nest with eggs’ devices. One blade is marked ‘Nest Knife’ together with nest device . The knife has undamaged Stag horn scales. One scale is mounted with void German Silver oval disc. The frame of the knife has German Silver edges and reinforcing pin to one end and it has a German Silver shackle. The scales are slotted for accessories which securely hold the removable steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With the largest large 3” blade unfolded the knife measures 8 ¼” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame which is reinforced with brass inserts. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17786
£395.00

Nowill & Sons Sheffield Scottish Sgian Dubh Knife With Stag Antler Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 17711 - 17711
Scottish Sgian Dubh 'Gaelic- Black Knife' were carred by heavily armed Scottish Clansmen. Tucked into the sock, this was reputed to be the weapon of last resort. Today it remains an essential part of traditional Highland wear. This is a quality Scottish Sgian Dubh knife by John Nowill & Sons of Sheffield who have been making quality knives in Sheffield since 1700. This example has a polished steel 3 ¾” single edged blade with fullers on both sides & a scalloped section back edge. One side of the blade has a rubbed light etching signature ‘Nowill & Sons Sheffield’. The knife measures 8 ¼” overall length. Its solid polished stag antler hit has a brass ferrule and white metal pommel cap. The Sgian Dubh is complete with black leather covered wood open top scabbard. The scabbard’s white metal fittings have embossed traditional Scottish designs including Scottish Thistle device . The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17711
£195.00

Victorian William Morton & Sons Sheffield Folding Bowie Knife With Buffalo Horn Scales, German Silver ‘TW’ Monogram Escutcheon, German Silver Folding Cross Guard & Open Top Leather Scabbard With ‘J.W’ Monogram. Sn 17628 - 17628
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 & Sons in its original leather scabbard. The knife's 7 ¼” bowie blade has just light staining consistent with age. The knife measures 11 ¾” overall length when open (8 ¼” length closed). The blade is crisply marked on one side with the manufacturer’s name ‘W. Morton & Sons Sheffield’. It has chequered Buffalo horn scales. One scale is inlaid with German Silver escutcheon engraved with ‘T.W.’ monogram. It has a folding German Silver folding cross guard. The knife is complete with original open top brown leather scabbard which has an integral single leather belt loop. The front of the scabbard is impressed with ‘J.W.’ monogram (the monograms are most likely the initials of the original owner (s). All leather and stitching are intact. The price includes UK Delivery. Sn 17628
£495.00

1970’s William Rodgers Sheffield ‘I Cut My Way’ Trade Mark Stainless Steel Saw Back ‘Amphibian’ Fishing Knife With Cork Hilt & Leather Scabbard. ED 2516 - ED 2516
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This form of Rodgers fishing knife featured in a 1970 William Rodgers catalogue, an picture of the catalogue can be seen in image 3. It has lightweight cork hilt to assist buoyance if dropped into water, the hilt has a ringed hole for lanyard and brass bar finger guard. It has a clean 6” stainless steel blade with 4”saw back section. One side of the blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer together with Company trademark ‘stainless’ and model designation ‘Amphibian’ (all illustrated). The tan leather scabbard has a belt loop with retaining strap & press stud fastener. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2516
£275.00

Fred James Sheffield Custom Made Dirk With Etched Blade & Open Top Leather Scabbard. ED 2513 - ED 2513
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. He began his career in 1935 at Johnson's Portobello Works & continued work at Wostenholm's Washington Works in 1956. In 1971 when the companies of Wostenholm and Rodgers merged, James began his own knife making business (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This is a Fred James Sheffield custom made Dirk & scabbard. The knife & scabbard are in very good condition. The knife has a wood hilt. The 4 ½” spear point blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge and a line of holes piercing the top edge. One side of the blade has etched foliate decoration (interestingly Fred James’ wife also now deceased etched the blades of her husband’s knives). The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The knife is 7 ¾” overall length. The open top scabbard is brown leather with front seam and rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2513
£295.00

C1890 English Joseph Allen & Sons Sheffield NON-XLL Seaman’s / Sailor’s Folding Clasp Knife With Blade & Awl Spike Tool. Sn 17295 - 17925
Joseph Allen, the son of a sickle maker, having been trained as a razor maker, became a Sheffield based cutler in 1851. He worked as a razor smith in New Edward Street (1861) and a "razor back forger" in Rockingham Street (1871). By 1881, he was living in Solly Street and employing ten men, with his address by the late 1880s as Oak Works, New Edward Street. Allen built a reputation for his hollow ground blades. In 1883, Joseph Allen & Sons acquired the "NON-XLL" mark from Unwin & Rodgers, which he stamped on the razors and other cutlery. A lot of Allen's knives and razors were often exported to America. This is a nice Sheffield made Seaman’s Folding NON-XLL Clasp Knife by Joseph Allen & Sons Sheffield. The knife has a fold out 3 ¼” single edged blade signed by the maker ‘Joseph Allen & Son Sheffield NON-XLL’. The blade has staining consistent with age and is razor sharp. The knife also has a folding 3” awl spike tool for jobs such as punching holes in canvas for repair / stitching. The blade & awl fold neatly into its steel frame which has Stag horn or bone scales secured by pins. It has steel bolsters and a heavy copper shackle. Closed the knife measures 5 ¾” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 9 ¼” overall. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17925
£225.00

QUALITY, Inter War William Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ Stainless Steel Saw Back Spear Point Bowie Hunting / Fishing Knife With Chequered Buffalo Horn Hilt, German Silver Crossguard & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12583 - 12583
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This is a quality Spear Point Bowie hunting / fishing knife by William Rodgers most likely made in the inter war era. It has solid chequered Buffalo horn hilt and oval German silver cross guard. The hilt is holed for wrist cord. It has a 5 ¾” double edged, spear point steel blade with medial ridge (9 ¾” overall). The back edge of the blade has a saw back section. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘William Rodgers’ together with ‘‘I Cut My Way’ and mincing knife device trademark. The reverse has ‘Stainless Sheffield England’. The excellent, brown leather scabbard has a belt loop and retaing strap with press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard has tooled decoration. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12583
£295.00

Victorian British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk (Short Sword) With Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard By Selby Portsmouth. Sn 17282 - 17282
This is an original Victorian era British Royal Navy Officer’s Dirk and Scabbard. The Dirk has a steel single edged straight blade which is 18” in length & measures 23 ½” overall. The blade has heavy staining consistent with age. No manufacturer marks or etching are visible but they may be present under the staining. It has a brass Lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & cross guard with acorn finials. The dirk’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The dirk is complete with its black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has a shield device with Queen’s crown and manufacturer or retailer name & address ‘Selby, High St Portsmouth’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17282
£575.00

British Wostenholm & Son Sheffield I*XL Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2505 - ED 2505
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 excellent Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife by Wostenholm & Son. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate tooled brass foliate decoration finger guard and pommel bolsters. It has a 4" single edged blade which is razor sharp and measures 8 ¼” overall length. The blade is etched on one side ‘George Wostenholm & Son I*XL Sheffield England’. The blade has light areas of staining. The dagger is complete with original brown leather open top scabbard with rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2505
£295.00
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