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**CASED**MINT**RARE**C1948 2 PANEL VERSION**Wilkinson Sword, ‘Hand Forged By Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith’ Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Correct 2 Etched & Blued Panels Hand Drawn Blade. Sn 19917:8 - 19917:8
Tom Beasley was Wilkinson Sword's master Swordsmith. One of his outstanding creations was the blade for the sword which Britain presented to the people of the City of Stalingrad in commemoration of the City's defence against the Nazis. Tom Beasley knives are sought after. 3 panel version etchings 'Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame' and 2 panel versions without the panel referencing Stalingrad were made. The 2 panel versions the same as our example were made C1948. They are thought to be advertising & private purchase pieces for Wilkinson sword who undertook a sales drive in the early post war years (see page 182 & 183 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook). This is a near mint original hand drawn Tom Beasley FS Knife. Its 166mm long steel blade with medial ridge is clean and correctly crisply etched & blued on both sides. One side has a 2 panel banner etched 'Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith’. The reverse is etched with decorative panels containing 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment. Also 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45'. The orange / brown hue Ivorine handle is undamaged and it has an oval blued steel cross guard. The dagger is contained in its later wooden case with hinged lid all covered in red leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in cushioned red felt & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price for this excellent piece includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:8
£1,295.00

*SOLD SOLD (16/09) *RARE**WW2 British Wilkinson Sword 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Stiletto Blade, Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. Sn 19917:7 - 19917:7
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. Our rare to find example is in very good condition. Its professionally & period formed 173mm long double edged stiletto blade with medial ridge is clean. The blade has etched panels on both sides, one side ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ the reverse with ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ name & crossed swords legend. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and oval blued steel cross guard. It has its original scabbard with blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and as is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent. All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. The leather has some surface scuffs consistent with age and service use. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:7
£0.00

**BRITISH WARTIME STOCK POST WAR 1950’s EXPORT TO USA FOR ISSUE TO AIRBORNE & RANGERS**WW2 Era British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Cross Guard Stamped ‘England’ & Scabbard With Matching England Stamp. Sn 19917:6 - 19917:6
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 89-93 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an original, British made WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard in excellent condition. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The cross guard is stamped ‘England’ indicating export to USA for Airborne & Ranger issue post WW2 in the 1950’s from wartime stock (see page 213 of Flook’s book where he describes an FS dagger with cross guard stamped ‘England’ as being a USA 1950’s export item from British war time stock). It has a 171 mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. The knife has its original scabbard with external blackened chape. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common its elastic retaining strap is absent. The belt loop has matching ‘England’ stamp. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:6
£1,345.00

**MINT**UN-ISSUED**WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Hilt Stamped Number ‘2’ Inspection Mark & 1943 dated Scabbard. Sn 19917:5 - 19917:5
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see page 89-93 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This is an original, WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard both in near mint un-issued condition. The hilt is blackened brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The hilt near to the cross guard is stamped ‘2’ (inspection mark). It has a pristine 166 mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. The knife has its original near mint un-issued scabbard with external brass chape. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:5
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (18/09) **RARE**WW2 British Wilkinson Sword 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. ED 2677 - ED 2677
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. Our rare to find example is in excellent condition. Its 176mm long double edged blade with medial ridge is clean. The blade has etched panels on both sides, one side ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ the reverse with ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ name & crossed swords legend. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and oval blued steel cross guard. It has its original scabbard with blackened chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. ED 2677
£0.00

**RARE**ISSUED BUT UN-USED**UN-CLEANED**WW2 Era All Steel Variant Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Correct Original Scabbard. Sn 19917:4 - 19917:4
Like many variants of the FS knife there are various theories as to the origins of the all steel knives. Generally put about is that they were dropped into Europe for use by the resistance. There is also anecdotal evidence indicating use by Home guard. At least one of these knives was recovered in the wreck of a Sherman tank which sank off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion (see pages 131 to 133 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook). An all steel variant hilt FS knife with 5 knurled grip rings the same as ours is illustrated on page 132 item 9.18 of Flook’s book. Flook also comments on page 131 “whether or not they were made against an official contract is unknown and no example that I am aware of has been found with an inspection mark. Genuine examples of such knives are scarce”. This is a rare, original all steel hilt variant FS knife and scabbard in as found, un-cleaned condition. It has the correct blued all steel hilt which has the aforementioned correct 5 knurled grip rings. There are no maker or date marks on the knife. The knife has a 172 mm long blued blade with medial ridge. The metal work has even storage patina but no signs of use. Its original leather scabbard in which it was found has an integral belt loop with retaining strap which has a press stud fastener. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:4
£1,595.00

**VERY RARE**CARRIED & USED**NAMED**American Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Blued & Etched Banner To ‘F.Clark 82nd Airborne’ Field Adapted For War Use & Scabbard With Service Number ‘1395666’. Sn 19917:3 - 19917:3
The U.S. Army 82nd Airborne consisted of elements of paratroopers and glider units. The Division fought with distinction in all major theatres of the second world war in Europe, including Sicily, Italy, Anzio Normandy, D Day Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge then into Germany where after helping to secure the Ruhr, the 82nd Airborne Division ended the war at Ludwigslust past the Elbe River, accepting the surrender of over 150,000 men of Lieutenant General Kurt von Tippelskirch's 21st Army on 2 May 1945. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons, often they would commission their names to be etched on the blades . Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This a very rare to find, as found, carried and used example of an FS fighting knife privately purchased by ‘F. Clark 82nd Airborne’. The knife’s original hilt, cross guard and scabbard have been field adapted during the war with the original FS hilt being replaced by a solid stag handle grip and the original FS cross guard being replaced by an oval brass guard. The original FS blade is 166mm length and it measures 11 ¼” overall. The blade has staining and patina consistent with age and heavy service use. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name and Regiment ‘F.Clark 82nd Airborne (spelt Airbourne in the etching)’. Its field replacement leather scabbard has surface wear to be expected and it has obviously been with the knife for many years no doubt in theatres of war. The scabbard has stitched and riveted edges all intact and single belt loop. The rear of the scabbard has hand applied number 1395666 scratched into the leather most likely the service number of F. Clark. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name and scabbard service number includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:3
£1,575.00

**RARE, 1 OF ONLY 10,000**MINT** WW2 & Post War Bay Of Pigs Invasion, Sterile, Landers, Frary and Clark, U.S. Office Of Strategic Command (O.S.S. Special Forces) Stiletto Fighting Knife (Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS) & Original Pancake Flipper Scabbard. - 19917:2
The OSS stiletto is listed in the OSS weapons catalogue produced in June 1944. The knives based on the British FS 2nd pattern dagger were made by the American cutlers Landers, Frary and Clark who supplied 10,000 stilettos and scabbards to the OSS. The knives were used by the OSS during WW2 who co-ordinated espionage activities behind enemy lines and required specialised weaponry for the high operational risk of close combat encounters. Their stock of knives were inherited by the American CIA post WW2 and were reportedly issued to personnel involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion (see pages 218 – 222 of Flook’s book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & other Commando Knives’). Connecticut based housewares company Landers, Frary and Clark was well placed to employ its extensive manufacturing capabilities towards the OSS contract. Production began in June 1942. As a measure of wartime austerity, the company used the same stamping tool for their household spatula to make the steel scabbard back. This is still known today amongst the military knife collector community as the "pancake flipper” scabbard. This is a near mint, un-issued original example of the WW2 OSS Stilletto, fighting knife. It has the correct knurled brass handle (only different from the British 2nd pattern FS in that the knurling on the hilt extends full length to the cross guard on the American version). It has the correct steel cross guard and 171mm blued, double edged blade with medial ridge which is typically slimmer than the FS 2nd pattern. As is normal with special forces equipment there are no manufacturer or unit marks on the stiletto or its scabbard. The stiletto’s leather scabbard with stitched seam is in excellent condition mounted with the correct original green painted pancake flipper steel frame. The flipper section which acts as a belt bar has the correct small rubber retaining strap loop. The flipper has just a small amount of paint rubbed in the centre section consistent with where the hilt rests when in the scabbard. The price for this rare OSS piece includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:2
£1,795.00

SOLD SOLD (16/09) **UNIQUE**MINT**PREVIOUSLY UN-RECORDED VARIANT**WW2 Era British WD Officer’s Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Ribbed & Knurled Grip & WW2 1941 Dated Scabbard. Sn 19917:1 - 19917:1
Many variants of FS fighting knives were made during WW2 and post war. We have never encountered a variant with this ribbed & knurled hilt form. We have consulted Ron Flook , the UK based FS knife expert and author of the book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’. He confirms that our knife is a previously un-recorded FS fighting knife variant. The knife in near mint condition has a solid brass hilt with alternating knurled bands & ribs (7 knurled bands). It has a blued oval steel finger guard which is stamped with WD arrow. It has a clean 175mm long steel blade with medial ridge. The knife has its original dark brown leather scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. The rear of the belt loop is impressed with date ‘41’ (1941) and another mark which appears to be ‘00’. The quality of this knife indicates Officer issue. The price for this near mint, unique piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 19917:1
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/09) ONE OF 500** De Luxe Special, Wilkinson Sword, Tom Beasley ‘The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Sword Fame’ Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Correct Etched & Blued Panels Hand Drawn Blade & Original Correct Scabbard. - 19976
Tom Beasley was Wilkinson Sword's master Swordsmith. One of his outstanding creations was the blade for the sword which Britain presented to the people of the City of Stalingrad in commemoration of the City's defence against the Nazis. Tom Beasley knives are sought after and early post war 1946-1949 Tom Beasley produced only approximately 500 hand drawn examples of FS knives for Wilkinson Sword who offered them as 'De Luxe Special' items. They are thought to be advertising & private purchase pieces for Wilkinson sword who undertook a sales drive in the early post war years. (see pages 96 & 97, plates 477 & 478 of Fighting Knives By Fred Stephens and pages 182 & 183 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Flook). This is a near mint original hand drawn de luxe special Tom Beasley FS Knife With Correct Tom Beasley Scabbard. Its 172mm long steel blade with medial ridge is clean and correctly crisply etched & blued on both sides. One side has a banner etched ' Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith Of Stalingrad Fame'. The reverse is etched with decorative panels containing 'Wilkinson Sword, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment. Also 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45' and 'Made In England'. The orange / brown hue Ivorine handle is undamaged and it has an oval plated steel cross guard. The dagger has its original Tom Beasley brown leather scabbard with brass throat mount and chape in the same near mint condition. The price for this excellent De Luxe Special piece which is one of only approx 500 produced includes UK delivery. Sn 19976
£0.00
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