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Boer War Era British Cavalry Officer’s Private Purchase Heavy Duty Horseman’s Multi Bladed ‘Encore’ Folding Clasp Knife By Thomas Turner, Sheffield With Removable Reign Bolts. Sn 18090 - 18090
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 used the trade mark "Encore"(granted in 1805). This is a Boer War era Horseman’s Multi Bladed ‘Encore’ clasp Knife by Turner, most likely a British officer’s private purchase piece. The knife’s fold out tools and blades consist of a horseshoe cleaning hook, corkscrew, fullered spike, gimlet spike, 3 single edged blades one with thumb spur. The blades are marked by the manufacturer ‘Thomas Turner Sheffield’ and the largest blade has their ‘Encore’ trademark. The body of the knife has 2 original removable reign screw bolts with nuts. The frame has an integral screw driver tip at one end. The knife has undamaged chequered horn scales. One scale is fitted with a German silver escutcheon. The hook hinge mount and shackle are also German silver. The scales are slotted for accessories. One slot contains its original steel tweezers, the other slot is fitted with a tool, no doubt a spike which is tightly stuck in the slot (to avoid damage to the scale we have not used force to remove it). The blades & accessories are undamaged with just the staining to be expected with age. All blades fold neatly into its steel & brass frame. The price for this quality piece includes UK delivery. Sn 18090
£745.00

**SOLD**8/6**RARE**MINT & UN-ISSUED**1st Type WW2 Era, Sterile Special Operations Executive (SOE ) 'Escape Tool' Folding Pocket Knife / Tool. Sn 18088 - 18088
Described as very desirable and much sought after on page 48 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook and illustrated on the same page at plate 98, these 1st type rare escape knives were issued to members of the British SOE during WW2. This is a near mint original example in un-issued condition. As is common with special forces weapons this escape tool is sterile with no manufacturer or date marks. The blued steel construction tool features an integral wire cutter the arm of which is held to the body of the knife by a hinged 'hoop bar'. It measures 6 ¼” overall when closed and has 2 single edged folding blades. One measures 3", the second blade measures 2" and has a thumb lug spur to assist one handed opening. The knife also has three saw edge blades and a screwdriver head integral to the frame. The knife is fitted with a steel shackle. The tool has all of its original blue finish. The price for this rare SOE knife includes UK delivery. Sn 18088
£0.00

**RARE**British GQ Parachute Co Ltd. RAF Air Crew Issue Swiss Victorinox Hunter Pattern Folding Multi Blade / Tool Clasp Knife (Swiss Army Type) With Stainless Steel Locking Blade. Sn 18094 - 18094
These knives were provided to the British Ministry of Defence by the GQ Parachute Co Ltd as part of their contracts for the provision of air crew equipment. The knives are Swiss Victorinox Hunter pattern (see page 229 item & plate 550 of British & Commonwealth Military knives by Flook where one of these knives is described & illustrated). The knife has a main locking blade, saw blade, corkscrew, punch. bottle opener / screwdriver, gutting blade (harness cutter) and the typical removable tweezers and tooth pick. The scales are of the red plastic material now found on most. In addition to the maker’s trademark, the logo of GQ parachutes and MRI GQ 1604 is present on one scale. The main blade is unlocked by sliding a plastic catch on the opposite scale. The main blade is etched ‘27c/7018504’ together with ‘Victorinox Switzerland Stainless Rostfrei’ & ‘Patented’ manufacturer detail. The price for this rarely seen knife includes UK delivery. Sn 18094
£495.00

**RARE** 1st Type WW2 Era British Special Operations Executive (SOE ) 'Escape Tool' Folding Pocket Knife / Tool By Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield. Sn 17945 - 17945
Described as very desirable and much sought after on page 48 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook and illustrated on the same page at plate 98, these 1st type rare escape knives were issued to members of the British SOE during WW2. This is an excellent original example. The knife of all steel construction features an integral wire cutter the arm of which is held to the body of the knife by a hinged 'hoop bar'. It measures 6 ¼” overall when closed and has 2 single edged folding blades. One measures 3" and is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Joseph Rodgers & Sons Cutlers To His Majesty Sheffield England' together with Maltese cross & star trademark. The markings are illustrated in image 2. Later examples of this rare knife had the maker's details omitted for covert use. The second blade measures 2" and has a thumb lug spur to assist one handed opening. The knife also has three saw edge blades and a screwdriver head integral to the frame. The knife is fitted with a steel shackle and has even patina throughout consistent with age and service use. The price for this rare SOE knife includes UK delivery. Sn 17945
£1,745.00

A Collection Of 12 (now 9) Various Scottish Sgian Dubh Dirk Knives With Scabbards (THE PRICE IS FOR ONE DIRK ). Sn 17803 - 17803
Scottish Sgian Dubh 'Gaelic- Black Knife' were carried 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 an excellent collection of 12 Various Scottish Sgian Dubh dirks with scabbards. ( No1 SOLD 30/04) ( No 4 sold 19/10) ( No 5 Sold 03/10) They each have various form hilts, some with traditional Cairngorm ‘jewel’ top mounts, Scottish themed badge mounts and embossed white metal fittings. The blades of numbers 4, 7, 10 & 12 are marked ‘Art Pewter Stainless Steel Made In Scotland’. The blade of Number 8 is marked ‘Stainless’. The back of the simulated Stag horn hilt of number 7 is decorated with a Poem of the famous Scotsman Robert Burns ‘My heart is in the Highlands, my heart is not here, my heart is in the Highlands, a chasing the Dear’. All are in excellent condition with clean blades protected by storage grease. The price is for one individual knife each & includes UK delivery. Sn 17803 (Please Note the number to the left of the dirk you want to order and quote the number at time of purchase)
£75.00

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
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