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**THE MOST SCARCE** Victorian English Wilkinson Shakespear Fighting Knife Retailed By Manton London & Calcutta & Scabbard With Frog. Sn 16396 - 16396
An extremely rare, knife that some suggest might have influenced the F-S knife design. It is known as a "Shakespear Knife" named after British Army Major William Henry Shakespear who designed it for use while hunting dangerous game in India. Born in India in 1871, Captain William Shakespear was one of the last Victorian explorers. From 1898 he served in India with the Devonshire Regiment and Bengal Lancers, before moving to the Indian Political Department.In 1904, Shakespear became Consul at Bandar Abbas, Iran. Our example was almost certainly made by Wilkinson for Manton of London & Calcutta. Manton would have retailed these knives in their Calcutta (India) store. It is unusual to see a Shakespear knife with a fullered blade (a Shakespear knife similar to ours but without fullers is illustrated on page 14 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). The knife has a 179mm spearpoint, double edged blade with fullers and measures 293mm overall length. The blade is undamaged and has staining consistent with age. One side has an etched panel ‘Shakespear’ the reverse ‘Manton London & Calcutta’. The stippled wood hilt has knocks and bumps consistent with age and use. One side of the hilt has an old stable and secure crack. The knife comes with its original leather bound wood scabbard with scabbard retaining clip and locket at the throat. The scabbard has its original leather frog with belt loop. The leather has some scuffs to be expected but all leather & stitching are intact. The price for this item, arguably the most scarce British fighting knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16396
£2,450.00

VERY RARE, ‘FORERUNNER OF THE MODERN SURVIVAL KNIFE’, Original, Colonel Baldock 1902 Patent All Steel Construction Survival ‘Knife Spear’ By James Dixon & Sons Sheffield For Walter Locke & Co London With Original Scabbard. Sn 16422 - 16422
Developed by Colonel Baldock of the Merwara Battalion of Queen Victoria's Indian Army in the 1870s and patented by him in 1902, this is the forerunner of all modern day Combat/Fighting/Survival Knives. With an inspired development Colonel Baldock introduced this all steel fearsome knife which easily converts to a spear with the attachment of any handy wood pole or branch that might be found in the field. The hilt is all Steel with a floating knurled collar that, when secured in the rear position, will lock onto any wood shaft pushed into the hollow adjustable tubular hilt by means of internal securing spikes. The locking mechanism resembles that of the old muzzle loading socket bayonet attachment. British Gunsmiths Walter Locke & Co 391 Strand, London C1892-C1920 were primarily known as the outlet for Baldock Knife Spears (see page 99 & 100 of The London Knife Book By Flook. Page 99 of the book shows an image of the Baldock Knife Spear & Scabbard). These rare knives are sometimes found with the Baldock and Walter Locke names or with a licenced manufacturer name on the blade, however it is very rare to find examples with Baldock, Walter Locke & Co and a manufacturer name all on one blade. This is an excellent original example of the Baldock Patent Knife Spear. It has the correct all steel hollow hilt with floating collar which works correctly, a small oval brass finger guard and measures 345mm overall. The 226mm spear point blade has fullers and a deep 110mm saw back section on the back edge. The blade is crisply marked ‘Baldock Knife Spear Made Expressly For Walter Locke & Co Ltd Patented’ and with the rare to find additional licenced manufacturer’s name ‘James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, England’. The knife is complete with its original brown leather riveted and stitched scabbard.The leather has a small tooled foliate cartouche to the front. The price for this rare survival knife with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16422
£2,250.00

RARE, WW1 British Robbins Of Dudley Trench/ Fighting Knuckle Bow Push Dagger / Knife & Leather Scabbard. Sn 16458 - 16458
An original, rare, excellent condition WW1 trench/ fighting knife with an alloy handle, flat steel knuckle shaped bow and steel blade. The knife has a total length of 158mm and the double edged blade with central blood grooves is 124mm in length. The grip is crisply marked ‘Robbins Dudley’ (Robbins of Dudley were a metal working Company in Dudley Worcester England who at the outbreak of WW1 began making Trench Fighting weapons). The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with correct retaining strap and single stud fastener. The rear has an integral belt loop. The leather and stitching are intact (see page 24 and illustration plates 32-34 of British & Commonwealth Military Knifes by Ron Flook). The price for this rare WW1 trench fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 16458
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (24/07) VERY RARE, WW1 British Robbins Of Dudley Double Finger Stalls Trench/ Fighting Push Dagger / Knife & Leather Scabbard. Sn 16468 - 16468
An original, very rare, excellent condition WW1 trench/ fighting knife with an alloy handle, double finger stalls and steel blade. The knife has a total length of 154mm and the double edged spear point blade with medial ridge is 86mm in length. The palm bar is crisply marked ‘Robbins Dudley’ (Robbins of Dudley were a metal working Company in Dudley Worcester England who at the outbreak of WW1 began making Trench Fighting weapons). The knife is complete with its original leather scabbard with correct retaining strap and single stud fastener. The top has an integral belt loop. The leather and stitching are intact (see pages 24 and 25 illustration plate 35 of British & Commonwealth Military Knifes by Ron Flook). The price for this very rare variant WW1 trench fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 16468
£0.00

RARE, WW1 Robbin's Of Dudley Trench Fighting Knife 'Two Double Finger Stalls' Variant & Leather Scabbard. Sn 16457 - 16457
An original two double finger stalls variant of Robbin's of Dudley trench knife and leather scabbard (see page 26, plate 38 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). The knife has a cast alloy hilt with two double finger stalls and is clearly stamped "Robbins Dudley" on one side of the grip (during WW1 Robbin's started manufacturing a variety of trench fighting knives). The double edged steel blade with medial ridge measures 122mm length & it is 229mm overall length. The original scabbard is brown leather and fits the knife perfectly. The knife is secured with a fold over leather strap with eyelet and single brass stud on the front of the scabbard. The scabbard incorporates a belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this rare WW1 trench dagger includes UK Delivery. Sn 16457
£1,575.00

SOLD SOLD (24/07) RARE, Boer War / WW1 Era British Soldier’s Heavy Brass Knuckle Duster Trench Fighting Weapon With Concealed Locking Dagger Blade. ED 2439 - ED 2439
This is a rare, original, Boer War / WW1 Era Heavy Brass Knuckle Duster Trench Fighting Weapon With Concealed Locking Blade. There are no manufacturer or date marks on this piece but it has the form of British knuckle dusters popular in the period. The heavy weapon weighs .345 Kg. It has 4 solid brass finger stalls with chisel edges and the hollow brass palm piece contains a steel spear point dagger blade which slides out of the grip by operation of a steel lever on the back of the grip. The blade has a steel leaf spring which prevents the blade sliding back into the handle & locks it in place so the knuckle duster could be used as a fighting knife. The blade can be pushed back into the grip when the leaf spring is pressed flat. The blade is 73mm length and has just staining consistent with age. With the blade extended the weapon measures 179mm length. With the blade concealed the knuckleduster is 109mm length and 80mm at its widest. The price for this rare to find trench fighting weapon includes UK delivery. ED 2439
£0.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern, Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Double Etched Panels, Banner With Monogram ‘JCG’ & Scabbard. Sn 16240 - 16240
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941 (see chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando knives by Flook). This original example of the WW2, 2nd Pattern fighting knife has the correct knurled brass handle, steel cross guard and a 164mm double edged blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is etched on both sides with panels. One side with the Wilkinson Sword, London, name and trademark and 'The FS Fighting Knife' on the reverse. One side of the blade has a small foliate banner with monogram ‘JCG’ no doubt the initials of the WW2 soldier who owned this knife (examples of monogram signed blades are also illustrated in Chapter 7 of Flook’s book). It is complete with original leather scabbard with external chape and belt loop. The scabbard has its 4 original stitched on leather tabs and as is common its original elasticated retaining strap is absent. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16240
£1,200.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern Nickel Plated Officer’s 'Sterile' Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 16232 - 16232
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an excellent condition WW2 Officer’s 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of Nickel plated FS daggers are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger is in excellent condition with nickel plated brass knurled handle & oval cross guard. The knife is ‘sterile’ with no manufacturer or Unit marks. The knife has a 167 mm long blade with medial ridge. Its original scabbard has a nickel plated chape and integral belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and Its original elasticated retaining strap. The price for this 'sterile' nickel plated Officer’s FS dagger includes UK delivery. Sn 16232
£795.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 15803 - 15803
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 blackened 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 172mm long 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. The original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is present. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15803
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (27/7) WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 16355 - 16355
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, ribbed handle. It has a number 1 mould mark on the handle near to the pommel. It has an undamaged 175 mm blued double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard which is in excellent condition with external blackened chape and belt loop. It has its original 4 sewn on leather & original elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16355
£0.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern B2 WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 16237 - 16237
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 blackened 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 171mm long 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. The belt loop has an elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16237
£695.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Wide Blade Variant Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 16454 - 16454
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 blackened brass with knurled grip and an oval steel cross guard. It has a 179mm long double edged blade with medial ridge. The blade is wider than standard measuring 24mm wide at the hilt. 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. The belt loop has an elastic retaining strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16454
£675.00
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