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RARE LIMITED PRODUCTION, 1962 - C1965, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife By Siebe Heinke England With Spear Point Blade, Brass Fittings & Brass Scabbard. Sn 15350 - 15350
This is a hard to find, original, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife and Scabbard. The knife has a 1 ½” broad, 7 ¾” long double edged spear point blade with medial ridge (13 ¼” overall). The double edged blade is undamaged with just light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Siebe Heinke Of England’ this dates the knife to 1962 - C1965. Heinke was taken over by Siebe Gorman in 1962. The dual names were only used for 2 to 3 years before the Heinke name was dispensed with. The knife has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with dense black plastic contoured grooved handle. The knife is complete with its original solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price for this rare diver’s knife only made by Siebe Heinke for 2 to 3 years includes UK delivery. Sn 15350
£545.00

C1995 Full Size Limited Edition 175th Anniversary Commemorative Siebe Gorman Diver’s Knife With Spear Point Blade, Brass Fittings Blade Number 021 Of 500 & Brass Scabbard. Sn 15349 - 15349
C1995 the Siebe Gorman Company released a limited edition diver’s knife to commemorate the 175 anniversary of the formation of the company, in the early 19th Century. Approx. 500 were made. This example is in excellent condition. The knife has a 1 ½” broad 7 ½” long double edged steel blade with medial ridge (13 ¼” overall). The blade is undamaged with just light staining. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Siebe Gorman Serial Number 021’ together with the Siebe Gorman 175th Anniversary logo. It has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with turned Rosewood handle . The knife is complete with original solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price for this fully functional commemorative diver’s knife includes UK delivery. Sn 15349
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (19/05) British WW1, 1917 Dated Military Machete And Scabbard by Samuel Kitchen and Company of Sheffield . ED 2218 - ED 2218
This is a scarce British WW1 1917 dated machete made by Samuel Kitchen and Company of Sheffield. These details appear on the blade together with a W.D. broad arrow. The fibre grips are secured by 5 copper rivets through brass washers. The washers and rivets appear to have originally been nickel plated to prevent corrosion. There is a hole at the top of the machete to take a wrist lanyard. One grip has the number 171 with a broad arrow above. The scabbard is the standard British pattern made of leather with 3 rivets securing the belt loop to the scabbard mouth. The face of the belt loop carries the makers details, Lavender and Overton Ltd., Eldon Works and a date which is hard to read but looks like 1918. Lavender and Overton were leather goods manufactures of Walsall from c.1908 but were taken over later by Heath Machin and Co. The rear of the belt loop carries the number 183 below a feint W.D. arrow. See British and Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook, pages 108 and 109, especially plate 248, item3 for identical trade nards. WW1 machetes are scarce and most examples found nowadays are WW2 and later. ED 2218
£0.00

Victorian English Edward Gem / Alfred Field & Co Sheffield Arkansas Toothpick Bowie Knife With ‘Hunter’s’ Etched Blade, German Silver Fittings, Polished Horn Scales, Original Scabbard & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. Sn 14642 - 14642
Alfred Field began a hardware business in Birmingham in 1836, shortly after he opened a branch Office in New York City USA. He returned in to Birmingham 1854 and by 1876 has opened a Sheffield office in Westfield Terrace. The business was recorded as a manufacturer of cutlery, knives & scissors, he was also the agent in the USA for the famous Sheffield knife manufacturers Joseph Rodgers and Joseph Elliot. He died on 28th May 1884 aged 70 and the business continued under his son Harry Field between 1899 and 1913 operating as Alfred Field & Co. The business address at this time was Continental Works Westfield Terrace and in 1890 it bought the Eyre Street Sheffield address and trademarks of Edward Gem. The company traded under the names ‘Continental Cutlery Co, Alex Fraser & Co, Progress & Citerion. This is an original Victorian Arkansas Toothpick form Bowie knife made by Edward Gem or Alfred Field & Co of Sheffield. The steel, double edged ‘Arkansas Toothpick’ form blade with medial ridge is 9 ½” length. The blade has staining and rubbed areas consistent with age. The knife measures 14 ½” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side with faint scrollwork banners and partially readable motto ‘Hunter’s ????’. The ricasso has the arrow through diamond trademark used by Edward Gem & Alfred Field & Co together with address ‘No.6 Eyre Street, Sheffield’. The knife has a German silver cross guard and undamaged polished horn scales secured by 3 brass pins. One scale has an inlaid void German silver shield escutcheon. The Bowie comes with its original open top leather scabbard with German silver chape. The leather is tired and worn but intact and the chape is dented but secure. The knife also comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this knife. The knife fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14642
£695.00

Victorian English Large Mortons Of Sheffield Kentuckian Hand Tooled Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Brass Fittings & Stag Horn Scales & Mint Bespoke Saddler Hand Made Leather Scabbard. Sn 14760 - 14760
William Morton & Sons Sheffield were first listed in directories in 1876 at the old Rockingham Works 175 Rockingham Street, Sheffield as makers of pocket knives and sports knives (see page 231 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is an impressive original Victorian Bowie knife made by Mortons of Sheffield. The heavy polished steel Bowie blade is 254mm long, 50mm broad at its widest and 8mm thick. The knife measures 381mm overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side ‘Mortons Of Sheffield Knife Makers’ together with pistol and gunsmoke cloud motif & wording ‘A Kentuckian –Bold In Battle Honorable In Peace’. The back of the blade has hand tooled scalloped decoration. The knife has a tooled brass cross guard and thick Stag horn scales laid on brass plates with brass pommel sections. The scales are secured by 5 brass pins. The Bowie comes with a mint, quality, bespoke, Saddler hand made, thick brown leather scabbard with integral belt loop which we have had made for this impressive Bowie. The Bowie fits the scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14760
£595.00

SOLD SOLD (05/05) EXTREMELY RARE, MINT, CASED MINIATURE, R.R. Middleton, Sheffield (Sons Of The Famous J.E. Middleton Cutler) Hand Made Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Brass Fittings. Sn 15210 - 15210
This is an impressive, extremely rare and sought after hand made miniature Bowie Knife, made at Rockingham Street, Sheffield by the sons of the now deceased J.E. Middleton. J.E. Middleton & his sons Ron & Roy are famous for their quality full size Bowies. Ron Middleton now himself in his 80’s states that only 300 miniatures were ever made by the Middletons and most were exported to the USA. This miniature Bowie superbly displays the craftsmanship of the Middletons. The miniature is an exact replica of their full size example with the same quality and attention to detail. The miniature is in mint, as new condition. It measures a diminutive 98mm overall length with a 65mm polished steel Bowie blade. The blade is signed on one side ‘R.R. Middleton’ (Ron & Roy Middleton). It has a polished brass grip frame, flat, waisted, polished brass cross guard with scalloped ends, polished brass ferrule and scalloped pommel. The scales are 2 pieces of dark hue polished horn secured by 2 brass pins. The knife is contained in a Tortoise shell coloured leather covered wood display case in which it was found. The case with hinged lid and cushioned lining has obviously protected it for years, explaining its superb mint condition. The price for this quality miniature Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 15210
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (12/04) Victorian Henry Thomas Underwood London Spear Point Bowie Knife With Stag Horn Handle & Leather Scabbard With Hilt Retaining Clip. Sn 15251 - 15251
The Underwood family of London based Cutlers began their knife making heritage with Yeeling Underwood in 1791. Henry Thomas Underwood was recorded as working at 56 Haymarket between 1822 until his death in 1860. The family business continued making knives marked ‘Underwood’ until 1925 when the company ceased trading. This is an excellent spear point Bowie Knife made by Henry Thomas Underwood. The knife and scabbard are identical to those described and illustrated on pages 182 & 184 of ‘The London Knife Book 1820-1945’ by Flook). It has a clean 7 ½” long polished steel spear point blade with medial ridge. The knife measures 12 ½” overall. One side of the blade is crisply marked with ‘Crown VR’ (Victoria Regina) above maker detail ‘Underwood 56 Haymarket London’. It has a brass ferrule & cross guard holed for scabbard retaining clip and attractive, undamaged, curved Stag horn handle with brass pommel cap. The Bowie has its original brown leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a stitched seam and single belt loop. The throat has a steel scabbard retaining clip which works as it should and keeps the Bowie securely in its scabbard. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15251
£0.00

1912-1913 English Sheffield Silver Sterling Silver Hallmarked Blade Folding Fruit Knife By W V & S With Mother Of Pearl Scales & Escutcheon With Monogram ‘E.B.S’ In Period Preston’s Ltd, Bolton Case. Sn 15103 - 15103
A 1912 to 1913 hallmarked silver bladed fruit knife with mother of pearl scales. The slabs are made from quality pieces of mother of pearl and are clean and undamaged. One slab has an inlaid silver shield escutcheon with inscribed monogram ‘E.B.S’. It has a 2 ½” single edged folding hallmarked silver blade Sheffield 1912-13. The unknown makers stamp ‘WV & S’ is incorporated in the hallmark (all illustrated). The blade is clean. The knife measures 6” when open and 3 ½” closed. It is carried in its period fitted, leather covered wood case with hinged lid and press stud catch opener. The case is lined in purple felt and white silk. The silk is ink stamped by the retailer Preston’s ltd Bolton (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15103
£175.00

Victorian English George Woodhead Sheffield ‘Californian’ Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Ivory Bulrush Carved Handle & Leather Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 15191 - 15191
The English cutler George Woodhead is recorded at 7 Lambert Street, Sheffield in 1841 and 36 Howard Street, Sheffield in 1851. This is a Victorian Bowie knife made by Woodhead at his Howard Street address. It has a 7” long deep Bowie blade. The knife measures 11 ¾” overall. The ricasso is stamped with the makers name and address ‘Woodhead Howard St Sheffield' and beautifully etched on one side with ‘American Eagle Carrying a Sack of Money’ motif and ‘Californian Bowie Knife’ together with banners ‘I Can Dig Gold From Quartz’ and ‘Californian Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That Is Wrong’. It has an ornate German silver ferrule and oval cross guard. The contoured antique Ivory handle is hand carved with a deep cut Bulrush design. It is complete with its brown leather scabbard with German silver mounts. The chape has a ball end finial and the throat mount has a frog stud. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15191
£575.00

MINT, English Large 'Fred James' Sheffield Made 'America Land Of The Free & Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Polished Horn Scales, Embossed Mythical Hybrid Horse / Leopard Brass Pommel & Leather Scabbard. Sn 9266 - 9266
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 Fred James Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife has polished horn scales secured with steel pins. The brass pommel sections are embossed on both sides with a mythical hybrid Horse / Leopard figure. It has a brass cross guard and the 9” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave". The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The scabbard is black leather with integral belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 9266
£475.00
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