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British Knives and Bowies

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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

British Sheffield Little Mester Reg Cooper Custom Hand Made Hunting Bowie / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2504 - ED 2504
Master cutlery craftsmen in Sheffield are called "Little Mesters", a terminology that has endured for many years. Little Mesters are usually single specialists who run their own businesses, in their workshops, with skills that have been passed down through the years, often from father to son. Reg Cooper, the maker of this Bowie knife is already aged in his 80's and has been making Bowie knives in Sheffield for as long as he cares to remember. Interestingly, in January 2015 the Hollywood actor and Rambo/Rocky star Sylvester Stallone was in Sheffield for an 'Audience-With' event. Sly is a collector of knives and is knowledgeable on the subject. One of Reg Cooper's knives was donated to Mr Stallone and presented to him in person by Reg Cooper. This is an excellent Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife by Reg Cooper. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate foliate tooled decoration brass finger guard and pommel bolsters. It has a clean 5" single edged Bowie shaped blade which is razor sharp and measures 9 ¼” overall length. The back edge of the blade has scalloped decoration. One side of the blade is faintly marked 'R.Cooper Sheffield'. The dagger is complete with original brown leather scabbard which has a retaining strap with press stud fastener and riveted belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2504
£350.00

British Wostenholm Sheffield IXL Custom Hand Made Hunting / Skinning Knife With Stag Horn Scales & Leather Scabbard. ED 2503 - ED 2503
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. It has Stag Horn scales with ornate tooled brass finger guard and pommel bolsters. One finger guard bolster is marked ‘Wostenholm IXL Sheffield England’, the other ‘Made In Sheffield’ both within foliate tooled decoration. It has a clean 4" single edged blade which is razor sharp and measures 8 ¼” overall length. The dagger is complete with original brown leather open top scabbard with rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2503
£295.00

MINT, LARGE, David North Of Killamarsh Sheffield England Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Leather Scabbard. Sn 17143 - 17143
David North of Killamarsh Sheffield is a manufacturer of quality knives. This impressive, near mint, large, hand tooled Bowie was made by David North. The polished spear point steel blade is 12” long and 1 ¾” broad at its widest. The knife measures 17 ¼” overall length. The ricasso is crisply stamped 'David North Sheffield England'. The back of the blade has hand tooled scalloped decoration. The knife has an ornate brass cross guard, ornate ferrule and pommel cap. Its bulbous wood grip is undamaged. The knife has its leather scabbard with integral belt loop. All leather is clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17143
£475.00

Early Joseph Rodgers and Sons Sportsmans / Camping Knife. ED 2493 - ED 2493
This is a Joseph Rodgers and Sons Sportsmans / Camping Knife. The knife has one blade which is marked JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS, 2 saw blades, a leather pricker /awl and a screwdriver tip. The grips are made of stippled gutta percha and are undamaged. There is also a belt ring at one end. This is a nice early Sheffield made pocket knife. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2493
£275.00

Sheffield Made ‘Spratts’ Advertising Pocket Knife. ED 2492 - ED 2492
This is a Sheffield made stag gripped curry comb knife made for Spratts dog foods. The knife was made circa 1918 and was used for dog grooming. Both blades are marked SPRATTS with one having ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ and the other ‘OIL THE JOINTS’. There are several versions made with various teeth types, (see The heritage of English Knives by David Hayden-Wright, page 56 for 2 similar knives). This is an unusual pocket knife and not seen very often these days. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2492
£145.00
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