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Victorian British Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield Cutlers To Their Majesties Folding Bowie Knife With German Silver Cross Guard, Release Button & Open Top Leather Scabbard. Sn 17280 - 17280
Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making. The Star and Maltese cross trademarks were granted to Rodgers by the The Cutlers Company in 1764. Both he and later his sons produced quality knives at various premises in Sheffield including the world famous 6 Norfolk Street (as early as 1800 Joseph Rodgers and Sons had been established at Norfolk St, Sheffield). This is an excellent folding Bowie Knife by Joseph Rodgers & Sons made at their Norfolk Street address. It is 8 ¾” overall length when folded. The knife's 7 ½” Bowie blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked on one side with the manufacturer’s name and Norfolk Street address. It also has the Company’s Maltese cross & Star trade mark (all illustrated). It has attractive chequered wood scales which are in great condition secured by metal pins. It has a German Silver folding cross guard. One scale has a German Silver button which, when pressed releases the blade to open to its full length. When fully extended the knife measures 12” overall. The knife is complete with original open top brown leather scabbard which has an integral single leather belt loop riveted to the rear of the throat. The price includes UK Delivery. Sn 17280
£795.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Hunting Knife / Dirk With Spear Point Blade, Polished Buffalo Horn Hilt, German Silver Mounts & Polished Horn Scabbard. Sn 16540 - 16540
This is a Victorian / Edwardian era Hunting Knife / Dirk. One side of the 8 ½” spear point blade has an unknown manufacturer or retailer mark (illustrated). It has an undamaged chequered Buffalo horn grip, German Silver finger guard and ferrule. The knife measures 12 ½” overall length. The scabbard is polished horn with German Silver throat mount which has a single hanging ring & chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16540
£275.00

Fred James Sheffield Custom Made Dirk With Etched Blade & Open Top Leather Scabbard. ED 2513 - ED 2513
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 is a Fred James Sheffield custom made Dirk & scabbard. The knife & scabbard are in very good condition. The knife has a wood hilt. The 4 ½” spear point blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge and a line of holes piercing the top edge. One side of the blade has etched foliate decoration (interestingly Fred James’ wife also now deceased etched the blades of her husband’s knives). The ricasso is stamped "F. W. James Sheffield". The knife is 7 ¾” overall length. The open top scabbard is brown leather with front seam and rear belt loop. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2513
£295.00

SOLD SOLD (lay away 30/06). RARE, WW1 British Robbins Of Dudley Alloy Hilt Trench Fighting Knife Push Dagger With Steel Knuckle Bow & Leather Scabbard. ED 2510 - ED 2510
An original, rare, excellent condition WW1 trench/ fighting knife push dagger with an alloy handle, flat steel knuckle shaped bow and steel blade. The knife has a total length of 154mm and the double edged blade with central blood grooves is 125 mm in length. The grip is 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. ED 2510
£0.00

EXTREMELY RARE, ORIGINAL, STERILE, WW2 Era Special Operations Executive (SOE ) 'Escape Tool' Folding Pocket Knife. ED 2509 - ED 2509
Described as very desirable and much sought after on page 48 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook and illustrated on the same page at plate 98, these rare escape knives were issued to members of the British SOE during WW2. This is an excellent original example. The knife of all steel construction features an integral wire cutter the arm of which is held to the body of the knife by a hinged 'hoop bar'. It has 2 single edged blades one with thumb lug spur to assist one handed opening, three saw edge blades and a screwdriver head integral to the frame. All blades are intact. The knife is fitted with a steel staple ring and has even patina throughout consistent with age and service use. As with most SOE equipment this piece is sterile with no WD, date or manufacturer marks. The price for this rare SOE knife includes UK delivery. ED 2509
£1,795.00

**AS FOUND & UNMESSED WITH, RARE**Brass 'Death's Head' Knuckle Hilt Middle East Commando Knife With Leather Wrist Cord & Scabbard. ED 2508 - ED 2508
The manufacture of the 'Death's Head' India Pattern Commando knives were influenced by members of the WW2 Middle East Commando who went to India and then China to form 'Mission 204'. An example of this knife is shown on page 208 plate 503 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives. This is an excellent original example of the rare Middle East Commando knife. It has the correct 'deaths' head' cast brass grip with finger rings & 'cog wheel' type protrusions on the knuckle grip. The brass has no damage and is left uncleaned with patches of aged green Verdigris to be expected. Its 5 ¾” steel single edged Bowie type blade is undamaged. The knife measures 11 ½” overall. As is common with these knives it is sterile without any manufacturers marks (see pages 32-35 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). The hilt is fitted with later leather wrist cord. It is complete with its correct original heavy duty leather scabbard with rear belt loop & retaining strap which fastens to a brass stud on the body of the scabbard. The price for this piece of British Commando history includes UK delivery. ED 2508
£1,850.00

C1890 English Joseph Allen & Sons Sheffield NON-XLL Seaman’s / Sailor’s Folding Clasp Knife With Blade & Awl Spike Tool. Sn 17295 - 17925
Joseph Allen, the son of a sickle maker, having been trained as a razor maker, became a Sheffield based cutler in 1851. He worked as a razor smith in New Edward Street (1861) and a "razor back forger" in Rockingham Street (1871). By 1881, he was living in Solly Street and employing ten men, with his address by the late 1880s as Oak Works, New Edward Street. Allen built a reputation for his hollow ground blades. In 1883, Joseph Allen & Sons acquired the "NON-XLL" mark from Unwin & Rodgers, which he stamped on the razors and other cutlery. A lot of Allen's knives and razors were often exported to America. This is a nice Sheffield made Seaman’s Folding NON-XLL Clasp Knife by Joseph Allen & Sons Sheffield. The knife has a fold out 3 ¼” single edged blade signed by the maker ‘Joseph Allen & Son Sheffield NON-XLL’. The blade has staining consistent with age and is razor sharp. The knife also has a folding 3” awl spike tool for jobs such as punching holes in canvas for repair / stitching. The blade & awl fold neatly into its steel frame which has Stag horn or bone scales secured by pins. It has steel bolsters and a heavy copper shackle. Closed the knife measures 5 ¾” length. The length with larger single edged blade open measures 9 ¼” overall. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17925
£225.00

SOLD SOLD (04/06) Cased, Boer War Era British Officer’s Folding Clasp Knife Marked MAC. DANIEL, Fork, Sterling Silver Plated Hallmarked Spoon & Corkscrew Set With Antique Ivory Scales. Sn 17289 - 17289
This is an original Boer war era British Officer’s Folding Campaign Cutlery set with its original traveling case. It has 4” steel single edged blade which is signed ‘MAC DANIEL’ most likely the name of the Officer who owned this campaign set, a 4” 3 prong steel fork, a 4” silver plated steel spoon which has Sterling Silver Electroplate hallmarks and a 2” steel corkscrew. The knife measures 5” in length when closed (9” with knife blade open). It has undamaged antique Ivory scales, secured to the steel and brass frame by pins. The price for this campaign cutlery set worthy of further research regarding the blade name and hallmarks includes UK delivery. Sn 17289
£0.00

QUALITY, Inter War William Rodgers ‘I Cut My Way’ Stainless Steel Saw Back Spear Point Bowie Hunting / Fishing Knife With Chequered Buffalo Horn Hilt, German Silver Crossguard & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 12583 - 12583
The Sheffield cutler William Rodgers was recorded in the 1852 directory. His trade mark was ‘I Cut My Way’ together with mincing knife device. The company ceased trading towards the late 19th Century. In 1911 John Clarke advertised the trademark as his own & used it to good effect in the 20th century. The Eggington group acquired the trademark in the 1980’s. This is a quality Spear Point Bowie hunting / fishing knife by William Rodgers most likely made in the inter war era. It has solid chequered Buffalo horn hilt and oval German silver cross guard. The hilt is holed for wrist cord. It has a 5 ¾” double edged, spear point steel blade with medial ridge (9 ¾” overall). The back edge of the blade has a saw back section. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘William Rodgers’ together with ‘‘I Cut My Way’ and mincing knife device trademark. The reverse has ‘Stainless Sheffield England’. The excellent, brown leather scabbard has a belt loop and retaing strap with press stud fastener. The front of the scabbard has tooled decoration. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12583
£295.00

WW1 1918 British Army In India GD & Co MK II Gurkha Kukri, Scabbard & Leather Frog. Sn 16749 - 16749
This is an original WW1 dated MK II British WD Gurkha Military Kukri. It has a 13 ¼” single edged Kukri blade with fullers & notch. It measures 17 ½” overall. The wood handle with raised central band is secured by two large rivets and it has a steel pommel plate. The blade is date stamped '1918’, ‘II’ (MK II designation) India Arsenal WD marks, ‘50’ (weapon number) & manufacturer mark ‘GD & C0’. It comes with leather covered wood scabbard fitted with leather frog which has 2 belt loops with adjustable straps which have eyelets and brass studs. The frog is secured to the scabbard by leather lacing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16749
£475.00
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