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Wostenholm I*XL Hunting Knife with Leather Sheath. ED 2487 - ED 2487
The I*XL trademark had originally been registered in 1787 to a W A Smith. The mark books of The Company of Cutlers show I*XL being registered to Wostenholm’s in 1831. Originally the family name was spelt ‘Wolstenholme’ but, story has it that the second George Wolstenholme found this name too long for smaller knives so he omitted the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’. The name has been spelt Wostenholm ever since. Blade length – 10 cm. Total length including handle – 21 cm. This knife has a 10 ½ cm hardwood handle with a small brass cross guard and an ornate engraved brass pommel. The blade itself is engraved ‘I * XL with George Wolstenholm and Sons’ on a scroll with ‘Sheffield England’ beneath. The knife comes with A thick leather sheath with rear belt loop, which is in excellent condition too. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2487.

1899 British WD 1876 Pattern Martini Henry Rifle Socket Bayonet & 1888 Dated WD MK II Scabbard. Sn 18889 - 18889
This is an excellent original 1876 pattern Martini Henry rifle socket bayonet (see item B187 on Pages 145 and 147 of Skennerton’s book British & Commonwealth Bayonets). The 21 ¾” long triangular section blade is clean and straight. The blade is stamped with WD broad arrow mark, ordnance inspection mark and’10 ’99 date (October 1899). The blued steel 3” long socket has the correct locking ring. Overall length is 25 ¼”. The scabbard is the mark II variant with 2 brass rivets in the leather to hold the internal spring (see page 146 of Skennerton’s book). The scabbard has the correct brass throat mount with frog stud marked with War Dept ‘WD with broad arrow’ & inspection mark and it has a brass chape which is also marked with WD and broad arrow. The leather is impressed with WD inspection marks and ’12 ’88 date (December 1888). All leather & stitching are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18889

**MATCHING MANUFACTURER MARKS**WW1 1917 Imperial German Mauser Pattern 98/05 Sawback 'Butcher Bayonet' & Mauser Marked Scabbard. Sn 18888 - 18888
An excellent, original German WW1 Mauser 98/05 'Butcher Bayonet'. The bayonet has the correct un-damaged 9 groove wooden grips which are secured with two screw bolts. The hilt has a flash guard to prevent damage when firing. It has a push button spring release which operates as it should. The cross guard correctly has no muzzle ring. The steel blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G. Oberndorf a.N’. The spine has date mark ‘17’ (1917) below Imperial inspection mark. The steel pommel also has an Imperial inspection mark. The clean blade measures 14 ¼” long (19 ¾” overall) & has the correct deep cut, sharp, sawback. It's original blackened steel scabbard has just 1 small dent on one side of the mid section. The scabbard has the correct frog bar. The scabbard is stamped with matching Mauser manufacture mark (illustrated). The price for this excellent WW1 bayonet & scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 18888

**RARE**EARLY PRODUCTION**WW1 French Model 1916 Astier-Prodon,Thiers (Variant of "The Avenger of 1870") Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 18798 - 18798
From 1915 the French begun to develop trench weapons at the Châtellerault arms factory, with Lieutenant-Colonel Coutrot experimenting by converting existing military swords and bayonets into combat daggers. Several designs were decided upon and then sent to be manufactured by private firms. Despite such variety of knives being issued to French troops during the War, there was only one, the Modèle 1916, that received an official military designation. Given this fact, it is strange that the dagger was in fact devised by the cutlery manufacturer Astier-Prodon of Thiers, rather than Châtellerault. It was subsequently produced by a number of other civilian manufacturers to keep up with demand. Early models lack a metal reinforcing ferrule, to strengthen the connection of blade to hilt found on later examples. Some of the Modèle 1916 daggers are marked 'Le Vengeur de 1870' on the blade, referencing the fall of Paris and French defeat in the Franco-Prussian war. This is an excellent, rare, early production French Model 1916 Fighting Knife. WW1 variants by French makers available to French troops are identical to the Avenger of 1870 examples but without the Avenger inscription, see page 29 items 109 & 110 of Fighting Knives by Fred Stephens where a similar Model 1916 / Avenger variant to ours is illustrated, with a scabbard identical to ours. Our knife has a 6 ¾” long clean double edged dagger blade with medial ridge and is correctly the same form as those found on European manufactured versions of the American pattern 1918 knuckle daggers. The blade is without Avenger inscription, the shank is crisply manufacturer marked ‘Astier-Prodon, Thiers’ together with 3 clover leaf trademark. The flat, shaped steel cross guard has a faint acceptance stamp which appears to be */B. The knife measures 11 ¼” overall length. The original solid wood grip has a flat, round steel pommel tang screw / bolt. The hilt is without ferrule indicating early production. The wood has just one old stable chip on one side near to the pommel. The blade and grip are totally secure with no movement. The correct original scabbard is steel has correct elongated belt loop bar. The scabbard has no damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18798

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 19/10) WW1 Era Austrian Kropatschek-Steyr Model 1886 Portuguese Contract Tube Magazine Bolt Action 8x56R Obsolete Calibre Rifle For Display Only. A 1081 - A 1081
Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations. His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army. Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War. This is a good example of a Portuguese contract Kropatschek Steyr Model 1886 rifle, in UK obsolete calibre 8x56R, made by O.E.W.F.G. Steyr. At some point in its life a previous owner has had the weapon’s 32 ¼” barrel blocked making this item suitable for display / demonstration only. It has an internal, 8 shot tubular magazine and it cocks and dry fires. It has all original woodwork which has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The wood has an indistinct roundel and number. The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.1’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The breech is also stamped 'OE WFG Steyr 1886’ and ‘M1886’.The action and barrel are stamped with matching numbers ‘CC319’. The bolt has un-matching numbers. It is complete with correct sling swivels, block & blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight, cleaning rod, steel butt plate and bayonet lug. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1081

Edwardian Gentleman’s Bamboo Sword Stick With Sterling Silver JS (Most Likely John George Smith) London 1909 Hallmarked Ornate Silver Ball Top & Tri-Foil Steel Blade. Sn 18885 - 18885
This is an attractive Edwardian Gentleman’s Sword Stick. It has an ornate foliate design silver ball top with London 1909 sterling silver hallmarks (Lion passant (England), un-crowned Leopard’s head (London) ‘O’ (1909 date designation) & ‘JS’ manufacturer hallmark which is most likely John George Smith (recorded hallmark London 1900). It has a 21 ¼” tri-foil blade and measures 28 ¼” overall length. The blade is has light staining consistent with age & tapers to a pin sharp point. The sword stick measures 33 ¾” overall in its scabbard. The handle and scabbard are undamaged. The scabbard has a conical brass end cap. The price for this attractive piece includes UK delivery. Sn 18885

Victorian / Edwardian Era Gentleman’s Malacca Sword Stick With Sterling Silver Hallmarked Collar Blued & Gilt Decorated Blade & Stag Antler Handle. Sn 18886 - 18886
This is an attractive Victorian / Edwardian era Sword Stick. The Curved stag horn handle has a silver hallmarked collar with chequered decoration and void brass oval. The silver hallmark has the Royal Crown duty mark and Lion Passant (England) together with what appears to be ‘C/B’ within lozenge makers hallmark (unknown). It has a 26 ½” blade and measures 32 ¾” overall length. The blade has natural aged staining consistent with age and retains original blued and gilt decoration of foliate devices and martial arms for approx. half of its length. The blade has a brass collar at the hilt with hand scored lines applied. The blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The sword stick measures 34 ¼” overall in its scabbard. The scabbard has a white metal collar at the throat & brass end cap. The price for this sword stick worthy of further research regarding the manufacturer’s hallmark includes UK delivery. Sn 18886

**RARE**MINT**Boxed,1961-1970’s German Hammerli Single .177 Calibre CO2 Target Air Pistol. Sn 18858 - 18858
Hammerli air rifles and pistols were the first true precision CO2 Guns in the world. The quality made Hammerli single model air pistols were produced from 1961 into the 1970’s (see pages 370 & 371 of the Blue book Of Airguns). They have a black crinkled and blued finish and composite target grips and adjustable target rear sight. This example is in near mint, from the factory condition, it is also contained in its original Hammerli labelled box. The pistol has model, calibre and serial number detail (all illustrated). A CO2 capsule is loaded from the back of the cylinder by removing a screw cap. The loading port is opened for firing a single pellet by moving the cylinder slide. The pistol is in its original Hammerli labelled box which contains its original hammerli factory test target and wire cleaning brush. The price for this mint rare to find air pistol includes UK delivery. NB As a post 1939 Air Weapon the restrictions of the Crime Reduction Act apply to the sale and delivery of this item. Sn 18858

C1760 English Or European Silver Plated Hilt Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Indistinct Letters Within The Blade Fullers. ED 2488 - ED 2488
The small sword (also court sword, French: épée de cour or dress sword) is a light one-handed sword designed for thrusting which evolved out of the longer and heavier rapier of the late Renaissance. The height of the small sword's popularity was between mid 17th and late 18th century. It is thought to have appeared in France and spread quickly across the rest of Europe. The small sword was the immediate predecessor of the French duelling sword (from which the épée developed. This is an excellent original C1760 Court / Diplomatic small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where many variants of small sword are illustrated. It has a brass hilt with part bowl guard and knuckle bow. There are traces of original silver plating silver plating. The urn chaped pommel has a ball top. The slim 28 ¼” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The fullers on either side have indistinct etched lettering within. The blade has its original hilt washer. The sword measures 34 ¾” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2488

*Inert* Dutch ‘NR20C1’ Fragmentation Grenade. 18210:33 - 18210:33
Made by ‘Eurometaal’ which is an industrial military complex that set up camp in Zaandam around 1900, and adopted the name ‘Eurometaal’ in 1973. ‘Eurometaal’ has developed weaponry for the Royal Netherlands Army from NR20 C1 hand grenades to tanks. This grenade used the Nr19C3/20C1 fuse with a 3-4.2seconds delay element. The inner wall of the plastic body was covered with tiny steel balls for fragmentation. Length: 105 mm, diameter: 62mm. Weight: 355grams. This example retains all of its green colour and ‘Eurometaal’ transfer. The price includes U.K. delivery. 18210-33

*Rare* Inert British 1915 No 16 ‘Emergency Hand Grenade’. 18210-34. - 18210:34
The Grenade, hand, No 16. Mark I was the last of the so-called ‘emergency grenades’ introduced in the first half of 1915 at the same time as the No 15 grenade. The No 16 grenade consists of an oval shaped cast iron body with internal segmenting grooves and filled ammonal. A screwed plug at one end carries the igniter fuse. The igniter consists of a No 8 VII detonator secured to a length of safety fuse, the other end of which carries igniting composition protected by a lead capsule with tear off tape. The igniter is secured by copper wires twisted around the plug. The Nos. 15 and 16 grenades are packed 12 in a wooden box with space for a tin box containing 12 igniters and for two brassards. Length: 3 ½ “ Diameter: 2 ¼ “ Weight: 510g. This rare example is in good condition with original fuse and copper wire. The price includes U.K. delivery. 18210:34.

*Inert* WW1 French ‘Guiddetti’ Trench Mortar Grenade. 18210:35 - 18210:35
This is an inert WW1 French Trench Mortar Grenade launched from old rifles (The grenade launcher was made with an old rifle 1874 model 'Gras' 11mm with the barrel cut at 10 cm) to quickly equip the poilus with trench artillery, the Guiddetti launcher gave the French army a cheap direct and indirect fire weapon with a range of 40 to 195 meters. The top fuse would screw out of the chamber which held 150g of cheddite explosive. This example has the corked fuse with brass insert and copper wire still intact. The price includes U.K. delivery. 18210:35
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