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Original British WW1 Medieval Halberd Pole Arm Head Form Improvised Trench Fighting Axe / War Hammer. (ED 2217 Edged Weapons & Swords) - ED 2217
During WW1 Military Units on both sides improvised their own trench warfare weapons which they saw as being of more use than issued weapons, when fighting hand to hand. This excellent unusual improvised British trench fighting axe in the form of a medieval halberd head (A halberd also called halbard, halbert or Swiss voulge is a two-handed pole weapon that came to prominent use during the 14th and 15th centuries). This is not a decorative replica of a Medieval halberd axe head but was definitely made for use in close quarter battle. Usually a halberd would have be attached to a long pole but the full tang hilt of ours has WW1 period composite scales secured by copper rivets to allow use in confined spaces. The axe made of 6mm thick steel, measures 7 ½” from the broadest part of the cutting edge to the pointed end of the armour / helmet piercing pointed hammer head. The sharpened cutting edge of the axe head measures 5 ¾” from tip to tip and the underside of the blade has a notch most likely used to rip open the armour of a fallen enemy (similar to how a can opener operates). The overall length of the axe is 11 ½”. The axe weighs a hefty 2lbs 1oz. The price for this hard to find reminder of the brutal nature of trench warfare includes UK delivery. ED 2217
£495.00

FS COMMANDO DAGGER CONNECTIONS Victorian Era Marshall Glasgow Scotland Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Original Leather Sheath. (Sn 14522 Daggers & Swords) - 14522
A nice Victorian era Scottish Bowie & Scabbard. It has lovely stag horn scales secured by brass pins & German Silver cross guard. It has an 8” single edged, steel bowie blade, marked ‘Marshall Glasgow’ (most likely J&I Marshall, Glasgow, Scotland, a firm of Cutlers dating back to 1888 who went on to make FS commando fighting knives bearing their name during WW2. FS knives bearing Marshall’s name are extremely rare and sought after). The bowie measures 12 ¼” overall length. Its original brown leather sheath has an integral belt loop and stitched seam. The leather of the sheath is intact but has surface scuffs consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14522
£575.00

RARE 'Death's Head' Middle East Commando Knife & Scabbard. Sn 13628 - 13628
The manufacture of the 'Death's Head' India Pattern Commando knives were influenced by members of the WW2 Middle East Commando who went to India and then China to form 'Mission 204'. An example of this knife is shown on page 208 plate 503 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives. This is an excellent original example of the rare Middle East Commando knife. It has the correct 'deaths' head' cast brass grip with finger rings & 'cog wheel' type protrusions on the knuckle grip. Its 6" steel single edged Bowie type blade is undamaged. The knife measures 11 ¾” overall. As is common with these knives it does not have any manufacturers marks (see pages 32-35 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). It is complete with its correct original heavy duty leather scabbard with rear belt loop & retaining strap which fastens to a brass stud on the body of the scabbard. The front of the scabbard has contemporary hand carved cross hatch etching below initials DB most likely applied in the field by the Commando who owned this dagger. Price for this piece of British Commando history includes UK delivery. Sn 13628
£1,745.00

MASSIVE, English Victorian Coachman's W&S Butcher Sheffield Multi Bladed Folding Knife With Coach Key & Stag Antler Scales . (ED 2211 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2211
The Butcher Brothers William & Samuel were one of the most enterprising of partnerships in Sheffield during the early 19th Century. Primarily tool makers they gained a very high reputation for making quality knives. In 1819 they are recorded as having premises at Eyre Lane, Sheffield. Between 1830 and 1850 the business expanded to Furnival street and into a large tenement type factory known as the ‘Butcher’s Wheel’ (see page 167 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a massive Victorian era Coachman’s Multi Bladed Clasp Knife by Butcher Sheffield. The knife has 9 fold out tools and blades including the Hackney Cab Coach door key ( illustrated). The saw blade with screwdriver tip is marked with partially visible manufacturer’s name ‘Butcher Sheffield’. The knife has undamaged Stag antler scales. The frame of the knife has an integral screwdriver tip and slotted into the scales are their original accessories which consist of a steel spike and tweezers. The blades & accessories have staining to be expected with age. With large 4 ½” blade unfolded the knife measures 10” overall length. All blades and tools fold neatly into its steel frame. The frame is fitted with lanyard ring. The price for this impressive Victorian Coachman’s knife includes UK delivery. ED 2211
£1,200.00

Victorian Era English Thomas Turner & Co Sheffield ‘Encore’ Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Sheath. Sn 14445 - 14445
At the end of the 19th century, Thomas Turner was one of the most important cutlery firms in Sheffield. The company was founded in 1802. By 1822, it was listed in a Sheffield directory in Norfolk Street. The company mixed steel and tool manufacture with cutlery, and also operated as a merchant. The owner was Thomas Turner, living at East Bank. After he died on 5 March 1845, aged 61, the business passed to his eldest son, also named Thomas. The latter had been born on 10 January 1829. His brothers, Benjamin Thorne and William Thorne Turner, also became partners. By the 1850s, the company's reputation was secure. In 1851, it won a Prize Medal at the Great Exhibition. Sometimes Turner stamped several slogans on each knife. Aside from the slogans, Turner's used the trade mark "Encore"(granted in 1805). This is a very good Victorian era English ‘Encore’ Bowie by Thos (Thomas) Turner & Co. It has undamaged stag horn scales & German Silver cross guard. It has a 6” single edged, deep swept Bowie blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘Thos Turner & Co Sheffield’ and with ‘Encore’ trademark. It measures 10” overall length. It has a riveted & stitched brown leather sheath. All leather, rivets & stitching of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14445
£275.00

MINT, Hand Made Winchester Skinning Knife With German Solingen Stainless Steel Blade, Stag Horn Handle & Sheath. Sn 14487 - 14487
This is a near mint skinner hand made in Germany for the American arms company Winchester. It has a Stag Horn handle with German silver pommel cap and ribbed ferrule. It has a clean 4" single edged blade with small integral finger guard and measures 8 ¾” overall length. One side of the blade is etched ‘Winchester’ within blued banner above ‘The Original’ and ‘Handmade Stainless Solingen’. The dagger is complete with original brown leather sheath with German silver mounts and stitched seam. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14487
£245.00

Victorian English George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Sheath. Sn 14444 - 14444
A very good Victorian era English Bowie & Scabbard. It has undamaged stag horn scales & German Silver cross guard. The scales and tang are holed for wrist cord. It has a 4 ¾” single edged, deep swept, Bowie blade, marked by the manufacturer ‘George Butler & Co Trinity Works Sheffield England’ with ‘key’ trademark (George Butler & Co Sheffield C1810-1952, see pages 169-170 of the Sheffield knife Book by Tweedale). Its original riveted & stitched brown leather sheath has an integral belt loop. The rear of the sheath and belt loop are stamped ‘Laker’ most likely the manufacturer or retailer of the sheath. All leather, rivets & stitching of the sheath are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14444
£325.00

J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle & Scabbard. (ED 2201 / 14345 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2201 / 14345
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 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. The knife measures 14 ½” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name 'J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and curved Stag horn handle with brass end cap. 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 2201 / 14345
£345.00

J.E. Middleton & Sons Sheffield Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle, Eagle's Head Pommel & Scabbard. (ED 2199 / 14343 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2199 / 14343
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 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. The knife measures 15 ½” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the Knife makers name ' J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield'. It has a brass cross guard and dramatic Eagle's Head pommel. The handle is made of polished Stag horn. One side of the handle is mounted with a void brass plate and it is complete with 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 2199 / 14343
£345.00

J.E. Middleton & Sons, Sheffield Large Hand Made Bowie Knife With Polished Buffalo Horn Scales, Embossed Mythical Beast Hybrid ‘Horse/ Alligator’ Brass Pommel & Scabbard. (ED 2195 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2195
This is an impressive, large Bowie Knife hand made by J.E. Middleton (now deceased) & Sons. It has a perfect 8 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. The ricasso is stamped with the famous Knife makers name "J.E. Middleton & Sons, Rockingham Street, Sheffield". It has a brass cross guard and polished Buffalo horn scales secured by brass rivets. Both of the brass pommel sections are embossed in the form of a mythical beast hybrid ‘Horse/ Alligator’. This Bowie is 14 ¼” in length overall and is complete with its black leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a single belt loop impressed ‘RM’. All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. Price for this impressive Bowie includes UK delivery. ED 2195
£345.00
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