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SOLD SOLD (08/01) **RARE**FACTORY FRESH**1946-1947 Hand Forged Tom Beasley Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With 3 Panel Etched Blade Marked 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45' With Scabbard. Sn 18117 - 18117
This is an excellent, rare variant, of the 2nd pattern FS fighting knife. The ‘famous swordsmith’ Tom Beasely made FS knives with etched & blued panels. Beasley FS knives with etched panels are referenced & illustrated on pages 182 & 183 of Ron Flook's book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ where he describes some Beasley knives as being advertising pieces made early post war. 3 panel etched blades the same as ours were made 1946-1947 ( 2 panel versions were made 1947-1949). Unlike advertising pieces this Beasley knife was no doubt made for fighting. Its 171mm blade has etched & blued panels with on both sides. One side has a banner etched 'Hand Forged by Tom Beasley The Famous Sword Smith’ within scrolling banner. The reverse 'Wilkinson Sword Co Ltd, London' name and crossed swords legend together Royal Appointment, also 'Commando Fighting Knife World War 1939-45'. The handle and cross guard retain their original finish. The dagger has its original brown leather scabbard with blackened brass chape, belt loop with elasticated retaining strap and 4 sewn on tabs which have been field adapted by being stitched together to form small loops for attachment to uniform. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18117
£0.00

WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern B2 Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 18064 - 18064
This is an excellent original WW2 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife (see Chapter 8 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed, browned, alloy handle. It has an undamaged 169 mm double edged dagger blade with medial ridge and blued oval cross guard which is stamped with WD ‘B2’ mark. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external brass chape and belt loop. As is common the scabbard’s elasticated retaining strap is perished. It retains its original sewn on tabs. The top of the belt loop has been pierced (it was common for soldier’s to field adapt their scabbards to allow attachment to their uniform). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18064
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (06/01) WW2 British 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2534 - ED 2534
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 excellent, original, WW2 2nd pattern, B2, FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is brass with knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. The top of the cross guard is stamped with War Dept 'B2' and WD broad arrow designation. It has a 169mm long, blackened, double edged blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external blackened brass chape. As is common with these scabbards its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily cut back and its elastic retaining strap is absent. The top of the belt loop has been pierced (it was common for soldier’s to field adapt their scabbards to allow attachment to their uniform). The price includes UK delivery. ED 2534
£0.00

**MINT**Cased, Crown Swords, WW2 ‘Le Maquis Francaises de L’ Interieur’ (FFI) French Resistance & ‘1940-45 Holland Belgium France’ Commemorative Etched Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife (Choice Of Case Colour). Sn 17157:2 - 17157:2
These full size FS daggers are made to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2. The knife is near mint, measures 11 ¾” overall length and has a blackened alloy or brass ribbed 3rd pattern FS hilt & blackened steel cross guard. The knife is by Crown Swords England who make quality commemorative blades. Both sides of this knife are etched. One side with Commando carrying a sten gun above ‘1940-45 Holland Belgium France’ and has the Crown Swords England name & trade mark. The other side has ‘Le Maquis Francaises de L’ Interieur’ together with aircraft & cross device (The Maquis (French pronunciation: [maG2;ki]) were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters, called maquisards, during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. The national denomination given to all maquis forces during the war is "F.F.I.", for Forces françaises de l'intérieur). The cross guard of this knife is stamped with letter ‘R’ and number ‘8’. The dagger is contained in its quality leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with red felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price includes UK delivery. (NB A CHOICE OF CASE COLOUR IS AVAILABLE: RED, GREEN OR BLACK). Sn 17157:2
£295.00

**MINT**Cased, William Rodgers Sheffield, ‘Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ Commemorative Etched Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife (Choice Of Case Colour). Sn 17157:3 - 17157:3
These full size FS daggers are made to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2 & post war. The knife is near mint, measures 11 ¾” overall length and has a blackened alloy or brass ribbed 3rd pattern FS hilt & blackened steel cross guard. The dagger is by the prestigious cutlers William Rodgers of Sheffield. One side of the polished steel blade is etched ‘To Commemorate Operation Desert Storm 17 January 1991’ within scrolling banners. The cross guard bears the William Rodgers Sheffield England’ name. The dagger is contained in its quality leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with black felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price includes UK delivery. (NB A CHOICE OF CASE COLOUR IS AVAILABLE: BLACK,GREEN OR RED). Sn 17157:3
£295.00

**MINT**Cased, 1995, William Rodgers Sheffield, ‘50th Anniversary WW2 1939-1945’ Commemorative Etched Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife (Choice Of Case Colour). Sn 17157:1 - 17157:1
These full size FS daggers are made to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2. The knife is near mint, measures 11 ¾” overall length and has a blackened alloy or brass ribbed 3rd pattern FS hilt & blackened steel cross guard. The dagger is by the prestigious cutlers William Rodgers of Sheffield. One side of the polished steel blade has a scrolling banner with wording ‘To Commemorate The 50th Anniversary of World War II 1939-1945’. The cross guard bears the William Rodgers Sheffield England’ name. The dagger is contained in its quality leatherette wrapped wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with green felt. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The price includes UK delivery. (NB A CHOICE OF CASE COLOUR IS AVAILABLE: GREEN, RED OR BLACK). Sn 17157:1
£295.00

RARE, American Or Canadian Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Panels & Banner To ‘C.A. Harper’ & Scabbard. Sn 17919 - 17919
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. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This example has a knurled 2nd pattern brass hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has an undamaged 164mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name ‘C.A. Harper’. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with blued external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name includes UK delivery. Sn 17919
£1,595.00

American Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife Wilkinson Sword Etched Panels & Banner To ‘Hank Fieberg (Fiebig) 36266305 ’ (Sgt U.S. Army 28th Infantry ‘Bloody Bucket Boys’ Bronze Star Recipient), Scabbard & Research - 17704
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. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This example has an undamaged knurled and blackened 2nd pattern hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has an undamaged 176mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name & service number ‘Hank Fieberg 36266305 ’ (correspondence with the dagger indicates that Sgt is also referred to as Fiebig in some documents relating to him). A Dossier of documents accompanying the dagger describe the interesting career of this WW2 Soldier. A Synopsis of the documents states ‘he served with WW2 28th infantry Division nicknamed The bloody Bucket Boys by the Germans due to the casualties they received in action. He was present on D-Day and served in the Battle of The Bulge. He saved his company & captured 4 Nazi troops using just wire cutters (a copy of a period newspaper article with this collection outlines the Sgt’s actions when unarmed he cut through wire allowing he and his colleagues to approach the enemy and pretending the cutters were a side arm capture 4 enemy troops). He was a Bronze Star recipient. An image with the collection shows ‘Hank’ playing a guitar in uniform at an orphanage in Wiltz Germany 5th December 1944. The night before the town was bombed. The dossier also includes copies of the Sgt’s service record / antecedents and some paper copy photos of both he and his family. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and single belt loop. As is common its 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap are absent. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare item to a named American Soldier who saw much action includes UK delivery. Sn 17704
£1,895.00

RARE, American Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Panels & Banner To ‘V.W. Weidman’ & Scabbard. Sn 17685 - 17685
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. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This example has a knurled 2nd pattern brass hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has a clean, undamaged 175mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name ‘V.W Weidman’. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with blued external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name includes UK delivery. Sn 17685
£1,650.00

RARE, American Soldier’s Private Purchase WW2 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Panels & Banner To ‘Amos H, Gerding’ (U.S. Army 1110th Engineer Combat Group) & Scabbard With Dossier Of Research. Sn 17922 - 17922
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. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This example has an undamaged knurled and blackened 2nd pattern hilt and blued oval cross guard. It has an undamaged 178mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name ‘Amos H, Gerding’ (Amos 'Dick' Gerding (1918-1992) was an enlisted man with the U.S. Army 1110th Engineer Combat Group in 1945. Elements of the Unit built many bridges and saw much action during the push to defeat Germany including at Utah Beach, Remagen and the general Hodges bridge Bad Godesburg, Germany for which the Engineers were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation). The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with blued external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common is without its elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. The dagger is accompanied by a Dossier of internet research documents which include antecedents of the Soldier, some details of his service including a copy of a hand drawn portrait of the Soldier dated 13th July 1945 Goppingen Germany, an image of his grave stone in Ohio USA and WW2 Unit Information. The price for this rare item includes UK delivery. Sn 17922
£1,750.00
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