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WW2 Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando Fighting Knife & Correct Scabbard. Sn 19035 - 19035
An original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and correct scabbard in very good condition (see Page 137 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). The hilt is natural wood with grooved grip and an oval steel cross guard (these daggers were made with both steel and brass cross guards, see item 9.33 page 137 of Flook’s book). The wood handle has a couple of fine old stable cracks near to the cross guard only visible on close inspection. The cracks are stable and the hilt and blade secure with no movement. The pommel has the correct screw bolt. It has a 175mm steel dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has areas of light staining consistent with age. The dagger has its original correct leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with stud fastener. The riveted and stitched scabbard is in the same very good condition, clean with all leather and stitching intact. The leather is impressed ‘Made In Sheffield England’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19035
£475.00

**RARE**WW2 British William Rodgers (John Clarke & Son), Sheffield 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.2 Mould Mark & Scabbard. ED 2589 - ED 2589
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942. This example has all the features of a WW2 FS knife i.e. correct depth to the ribs on the grip, tapered handle and correct thickness to the cross guard. It has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle and a 177mm blackened steel blade with medial ridge. It has a number 2 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy handle. The cross guard is double stamped with ‘William Rodgers Sheffield’ & ‘Made In Sheffield England’ (John Clarke & Son Sheffield made FS daggers for the British Military and owned the William Rodgers trademark, see page 73 of Flook’s book ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’). The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard in nice condition with external brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common its original elastic retaining strap is absent. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2589
£575.00

WW2 British Royal Marines Double Etched 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard, Green Beret, William Rodgers Sheffield Utility Knife With Scabbard Many Original WW2 Photos & Ephemera Attributed to L/Cpl Marine Arthur John Kirkby . Sn 19133/4 - 19133/4
This original WW2 collection is attributed to Marine Arthur John Kirkby, who in the post war years served with the Territorial Army. Lance Corporal Arthur John Kirby was born in 1925 and at the early stage of WW2 volunteered as a Messenger Boy with the local Home Guard based in Norwich. After the war he volunteered for Territorial service with the RAMC and Royal Engineers. The collection comprises: His 2nd pattern FS fighting knife with correct brass hilt . Its 157mm blade is clean and is double etched. One side has ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ within panel, the reverse Wilkinson Sword London within panel. Its original scabbard has blackened external chape. As is common its original 4 sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap are absent. All leather & stitching are intact. His private purchase combat / utility knife with 8” fullered blade to the fortes details of William Rodgers I cut my way trademark & Made in Sheffield England. The hilt with compressed leather washer grip and complete with brown leather scabbard. His RM green beret. The material of the green beret is clean and has just a few small stable moth holes. It is mounted with its original RM brass cap badge The badge has its original split pin to the rear. The beret has no manufacturer or date marks to the lining. The beret is approx. UK size 6. All are accompanied by a selection of original photographs, paperwork etc, appertaining to Lance Corporal Arthur John Kirby including a letter dated December 1943 from his old Home Guard Commanding Officer congratulating on becoming a Marine. A Christmas menu for HMS Kenya 1945 and the photographs indicate Far East service. The price for this rare to find original WW2 collection of Royal Marines Equipment including a double etched FS fighting knife with original photos to a named Marine which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 19133/4
£1,995.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 08/01) WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.2 Mould Mark & ‘3’ Marked Scabbard. ED 2583 - ED 2583
This is an excellent original 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife (see The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged blackened brass ribbed handle. It has a number 2 mould mark on the handle near to the pommel. It has an undamaged 178 mm blued double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop, the back of which is impressed with number ‘3’. The scabbard has its 4 original sewn on tabs and as is common the belt loop’s elasticated retaining strap is absent. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2583
£0.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. ED 2582 - ED 2582
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 WD, 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 174mm long double edged blued blade with medial ridge. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape. As is common with these scabbards its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been contemporarily cut back & the belt loop’s elastic retaining strap is absent. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2582
£895.00

**MINT**Cased Commemorative WW2 Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Commando 1940-45' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade. Sn 19108 - 19108
The British Commandos were formed during the Second World War in June 1940, following a request from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a force that could carry out raids against German-occupied Europe. Initially drawn from within the British Army from soldiers who volunteered for the Special Service Brigade, the Commandos' ranks would eventually be filled by members of all branches of the United Kingdom's armed forces and a number of foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries. Reaching a wartime strength of over 30 individual units and four assault brigades, the Commandos served in all theatres of war from the Arctic Circle to Europe and from the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre to South-East Asia. Their operations ranged from small groups of men landing from the sea or by parachute to a brigade of assault troops spearheading the Allied invasions of Europe and Asia. All Commandos were issued with the iconic FS Fighting knife. This superb 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the British Army Commandos WW2 Service 1940-1945. The knife is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful 175mm blued blade etched on both sides with gold foliate design panels. The ricasso is etched at the ricasso with the manufacturer's detail 'Wilkinson Sword Made In England' with their crossed swords legend and Queen Elizabeth II Royal Appointment all in gold. The ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original gold coloured plated finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden box with hinged lid covered in green leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in green felt & white silk & is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The exterior lid of the box is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend together with the stylised image of a Commando shoulder title in Gold & 1940-1945. The silk lining of the case lists the WW2 Battle Honours & Military Decorations Awarded to the Commandos all in gold. The price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 19108
£575.00

**RARE**WW2 British Wilkinson 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Panels & Scabbard. ED 2580 - ED 2580
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 162mm long double edged blade with medial has just light areas of staining consistent with age. 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 steel cross guard. The pommel nut has been contemporarily modified by filing and creating a hole to accept a wrist cord. The pommel nut is totally secure. It has its original scabbard with copper chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap which is partially perished with age. All stitching and leather of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. ED 2580
£1,695.00

WW2 British Soldier’s Private Purchase W.H Fagan & Son Sheffield Fairbairn Sykes F.S. Style Fighting Knife/Dagger & Period Adapted Victorian Scabbard Mounted With Middlesex Regiment Brass & Enamel Badge. Sn 18980 - 18980
This is a WW2 private purchase F.S. style fighting knife/dagger by W.H. Fagan Sheffield and scabbard. These knife were private purchase weapons during WW2. The pommel and cross guard are alloy. It has a solid stag antler or bone grip with red and black spacers. The dagger blade measures 136mm and it is 255mm overall length. The FS style blade with medial ridge is clean and sharp. One side of the blade has the maker’s name ‘W.H. Fagan & Son’, the reverse ‘Made In Sheffield England’. The adapted original Victorian era scabbard is in very good condition. Made of dark brown leather it has an integral belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener which functions as it should. The scabbard has a brass chape and throat mount. The throat mount is mounted with an original Middlesex Regiment brass and enamel badge. The leather has just surface scuffs to be expected with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18980
£425.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 14/01) WW2 2nd Patt Double Etched Private Purchase Wilkinson Sword 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Etched Panels & Banner ‘Bigfoot’ & Scabbard - 18890
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 2nd pattern type brass hilt and oval slightly curved cross guard. It has an undamaged 173mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. The blade has even patina. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner ‘Bigfoot’ (Possible Nickname Of Soldier Who Commissioned The Knife. The word Bigfoot most likely a reference to the legendary American & Canadian Cryptid creature indicates that at the owner would have been a big man, supported by the fact that the hilt on this knife is slightly more bulbous to standard issue FS 2nd pattern issue daggers for a larger hand. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external brass 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 WW2 FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 18890
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/12) **RARE**NOT SEEN BEFORE**AIR MINISTRY MARKED**WW2 Wood Hilt Fairbairn- Sykes, FS Far East Commando & RAF Pilot’s Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 18500 - 18500
An original WW2, FS Far East Operations dagger and correct scabbard in very good condition (see pages 133 to 137 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). The hilt is natural wood with grooved grip and an oval alloy cross guard which is ‘AM’ (Air Ministry) stamped. There is also an indistinct roundel stamp. Both stamps can be seen in the images. The fact that the cross guard is light alloy rather than heavier steel or brass would indicate that this was a pilots knife. In his book page 133 Ron Flook references the use of wood handled FS daggers by WW2 Pilot’s with a contemporary image of a Pilot carrying a wood hilt FS dagger while being debriefed at an airfield in France shortly after D day June 1944. However Ron states that he has never seen an Air Ministry marked example making this a rare piece. The wood hilt has some fine old stable cracks near to the cross guard only visible on close inspection. The hilt and blade are secure with no movement. The pommel has the correct screw bolt. It has a clean 171mm steel dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger has its original correct leather scabbard with belt loop and retaining strap with stud fastener. The riveted and stitched scabbard is in excellent condition, clean with all leather and stitching intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18500
£0.00
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