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Victorian, English American Wild West Export W. Wilkinson (Most Likely Walter 1809-1885) & Son Sheffield Bowie Knife With ‘Liberty Stars & Stripes’ Gutta Percha Hard Rubber Scales & Later Quality Bespoke Leather Scabbard. ED 2655 - ED 2655
Walter Wilkinson (1809-1885) was a Sheffield cutler with premises at Carver Street & Rockingham Lane. By 1849 he was making sheep shears and sugar cane knives from his Australian works on Fitzwilliam Street. He advertised as ‘& Son’ in the 1868 Sheffield directory (see page 664 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Expanded 2nd Edition). This is an excellent W. Wilkinson & Son Bowie knife most likely made for the thriving American Wild West export market C1870. The Bowie measures 10 ¼” overall with a 6 ¼” clean single edged Bowie blade. The ricasso is stamped ‘W. Wilkinson & Son Sheffield’. The spine of the blade has scalloped decoration near to the hilt. Its original gutta percha hard rubber scales have American themed ‘Liberty Figure’ alongside ‘Stars & Stripes Flag ’ shield mounted with American Eagle to appeal to the period American export market. The grips also have fine chequered panels. The Bowie comes with a later quality bespoke made leather scabbard which has a single belt loop to the rear and leather chape. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2655 (in Bowies box)

Victorian Era Colquhoun & Cadman Sheffield ‘Go Ahead’ Trademark Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Scales & Original Leather Scabbard. Sn 21420 - 21420
Edward Dewing Colquhoun ( 1833-1907) & Edwin Cadman (1856-1937) were Sheffield cutlers based at the Douglas Works 113 Arundel Street making knives, joiner’s tools, razors and ice skates. The partnership created their ‘Go Ahead’ trademark which would be sold to Thomas Ellin & Co shortly before Colquhoun’s death in 1907(see page 161 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Expanded 2nd Edition). This is a nice original Victorian ‘Go Ahead’ trademark Bowie by Colquhoun & Cadman with original Scabbard. It has undamaged stag antler scales secured by steel pins. One scale is mounted with a void German silver bar and it has an oval German silver cross guard. It has a 7” single edged, steel bowie blade, signed by the makers ‘Colquhoun & Cadman Sheffield’ together with their ‘Go Ahead’ Trademark. The Bowie measures just under 11 ½” overall length. Its original open top brown leather scabbard has a single copper riveted belt loop to the rear and stitched seam to the front. The leather of the scabbard is clean with just very light small areas of carry scuffs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21420 (in Bowies box)

Victorian Joseph Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield ‘Hunting Knife’ Folding Bowie With Polished Horn Scales, German Silver Fittings & Later Quality Bespoke Made Scabbard. Sn 21297 - 21297
Joseph Rodgers & Sons were first established as cutlers at ‘Holy Croft’ Sheffield C1724. By 1780 the firm was firmly established and well known for making quality knives. Having outgrown their Holy Croft premises moved to what was to become their worldwide famous address 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield. Originally making small edged weapons the Company moved into manufacture of large Bowies when American & British Empire markets expanded in the Victorian era (see pages 522-530 of Tweedale’s Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Expanded 2nd Edition). This is an excellent Victorian era Bowie made at Rodgers & Sons 6 Norfolk Street premises. The 7” long, steel blade with medial ridge has polished horn scales secured by steel pins. It has German silver bolsters at the pommel and at the cross guard. The lower bolsters are ribbed and engraved ‘No6’ (Norfolk Street). It has a swivelling brass finger guard consisting of 2 plates secured to the blade shank by a single brass pin allowing movement of the cross guard as normally found on folding Bowies. The blade, on one side is marked crisply at the ricasso, 'No 6 Sheffield, Steel' and near to the spine ‘HUNTING KNIFE’. The reverse is stamped with Rodgers Maltese type cross trade marks. The blade has just light age related staining. The blade is released for closing by depression of a bar on the spine of the hilt. Open the knife is 12 ½” overall length, closed 8 ½”. Its later quality made brown leather scabbard has a full flap cover with eyelet that fastens to a brass lug on the front of the scabbard. To the rear it has a single riveted belt loop. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean & intact. The price for this Victorian folding Bowie by one of the famous Sheffield cutlers includes UK delivery. Sn 21297 (drawers Office)

**LARGE** Victorian / Edwardian American Wild West Era / African Export Piece S&J Kitchin Sheffield ‘Snake Brand’ Hunting Knife With Polished Horn Scales Inset With Brass Hunting Scenes & Later Bespoke Leather Scabbard. Sn 21296 - 21296
The "Snake Brand" trademark on cutlery was registered to Samuel Kitchin of Sheffield at least as early as the 1860's. The Kitchin family settled in Shefield around 1737 (see page 219 of the Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). The founder Samuel was regularly listed as a cutler in Sheffield directories. By 1868 he had been joined by John (possibly son) at the Soho works in Summerfield Street. In the early 20th century the Company exported knives to Wild West USA and Africa (marketing to African tribesmen). This is an excellent original large S&J Kitchin Sheffield ‘Snake Brand’ hunting knife no doubt an export piece for the American or African market. The full tang knife has a 14” long single edged steel blade which is 2” broad at its widest and it measures 19” overall length. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and no damage to the cutting edge. One side of the blade has Kitchin’s ‘Snake Brand’ trademark. The knife has polished horn scales, each inset with brass hunting scene figures depicting a Stag being chased by hunting dogs and mounted riders. The scales are secured by brass pins. The knife is contained in its later quality made bespoke open top leather scabbard. The leather has tooled decoration to the front and a single belt loop to the rear. All leather and stitching are clean and intact. The price for this impressive knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 21296 (hunting & survival box)

**RARE, ORIGINAL, STERILE** WW2 British Commando/ SOE / Special Forces Smatchet & Scabbard. Sn 21422 - 21422
In many respects the WW2 British Special Forces Smatchet is one of the most mysterious British issue knives of the period. Its development appears to have been around the same time as the F-S Commando dagger i.e. 1940-41. The Smatchet is listed as equipment issued to Commandos for D-day and are attributed as being used by the Special Operation Executive (SOE). While some examples bear War Dept Broad arrows no examples have been found bearing manufacturer's names (see pages 234 to 237 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). Illustrated in image 1 is a copy of a period photograph of members of SOE Force 136 with Smatchets (see page 235 plate 14.14 of Flook’s book). This rare, original example of the Smatchet is clean and undamaged. It has the correct large leaf shaped blade 10 ¾” in length and has just light staining consistent with age and original ebonised wood grip. It has a large oval brass cross guard and correct alloy pommel holed for wrist cord. As is common with special forces weapons this smatchet is sterile having no manufacturer or WD marks. Its original open top scabbard is leather over wood former. The leather and stitching are clen and intact. The throat is fitted with a leather retaining strap with press stud fastener and the rear has a riveted belt loop which is intact but has a small stable cut in its mid-section. The price for this rare piece of WW2 Special Forces Equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 21422 (in FS box)

**SOLD**LAYAWAY**15/2 LARGE**Victorian Brookes & Crookes Sheffield Hand Forged Bowie Knife With Solid Stag Antler Hilt, Heavy Brass Cross Guard, Ornate German Silver Fittings & Quality Later Bespoke Made Hand Tooled Leather Scabbard. Sn 21423 - 21423
In 1859 the Sheffield cutlers John Brookes & Thomas Crookes appear in Melville & Co’s Commercial directory of Sheffield as manufacturer’s of knives and dressing case instruments. The Company had a warehouse, workshops, engine house & grinding wheel behind a house on St Philip’s Road on the outskirts of the cutlery making district of Sheffield. The workshop / factory was named the Atlantic works and was previously the address of knife maker Thomas Wigfall. The Company took advantage of the booming American market making Bowies for the British & American export (see pages 161-163 of The Sheffield Knife Book by Tweedale). This is a large original Victorian Bowie Knife by Brookes & Crookes. It measures 17 ½” overall with a 12 ¼” steel Bowie blade which is sharp and has just light areas of staining consistent with age. The blade is 1 3/4" at its widest and the spine is 7 mm thick. The ricasso is stamped by the maker ‘Brookes & Crookes Sheffield’ below ’Crown VR (Victoria Regina)’. The reverse is marked ‘Hand Forged’. The excellent solid Stag antler hilt is undamaged. The heavy cross guard is brass. The hilt has an ornate German Silver pommel cap & ferrule. The Bowie is complete with its later quality bespoke made brown leather open top scabbard with belt loop. The scabbard has a leather retaining strap with eyelet that fastens to a brass lug on the front of the scabbard. The front of the scabbard has hand tooled foliate decoration. The rear of the scabbard is impressed with maker’s roundel ‘Tony Burton England’. The price for this excellent, large Victorian Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 21423

Victorian James Dixon & Sons Sheffield Bowie Knife With Stag Antler Hilt, German Silver Fittings & Scabbard. Sn 19277 - 19277
Founded in 1806 in Silver Street, Sheffield, James Dixon & Sons was one of the major British manufacturers in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century (see page 198 of Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlers 2nd Edition). This is an excellent Victorian era bowie by James Dixon & Sons. The 14” long, bowie has a solid curved stag antler hilt with German Silver pommel cap. It has a German Silver finger guard and 9 ¼” single edged, steel bowie blade. One side the blade is marked by the maker ‘James Dixon & Sons Sheffield’. The blade has areas of light staining consistent with age. Its original open top leather scabbard has a rear belt loop, German silver throat mount and chape. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19277.

Edwardian 1901-1910 Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ebony Handled Bowie Knife & Black Leather Sheath. Sn 13888. - 13888
This is a beautifully marked bowie knife by the premier Sheffield knife maker of the Victorian and Edwardian era. It is clearly marked on one side of the 5 ¾“ long polished blade with "E.R." and a Crown over "J. Rodgers & Sons, 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England" denoting manufacture in the Edwardian era of 1901-1910. The other side of the blade carries the corporate mark of an asterisk and a Maltese Cross. The grips are black ebony, chequered and held in place by one pin. The scabbard is top quality black leather with a belt loop riveted to the back. These knives were often carried by officers in WW1. (See 'The Sheffield Knife Book' by Geoffrey Tweedale page 257-265 and Ron Flooks ' British & Commonwealth Military Knives' pages 23, plate 29 for a WW1 knife of a similar style with a knuckleduster). A top quality knife in excellent condition by a premier Sheffield maker. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13888. (Drawers)

WW1 Era British Officer’s Private Purchase Bowie Trench Fighting Knife by Chas Clements London & Leather Scabbard. Sn 12519:1. - 12519:1
Chas Clements were a long established firm of WW1 era cutlery retailers based in London. Clements made popular private purchase weapons during WW1 including trench daggers & knuckle knives (See pages 19 & 20 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives by Flook). This a is an original WW1 era British Officer’s private purchase trench fighting knife by Clements with its original leather scabbard. It has an ebony handle which has a deep chequered design. The pommel has an exposed brass stud. It has a German Silver ferrule at the hilt and a slim undamaged 4 ¾” single edged, Bowie shaped steel blade, marked ‘Chas Clements’. The knife measures 9 ¾” overall length. Its original brown leather scabbard has belt loop to the rear which also acts as a retaining strap for the knife (an eyelet at the end of the retaining strap fastens to the stud in the pommel of the knife and keeps it securely in the scabbard). A small area of stitching at the throat of the scabbard which forms the lower end of the strap into a belt loop is missing but this could easily be replaced. All leather of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12519:1.

*MINT*HORSE HEAD POMMEL*English 'Fred James' ‘James & Lowe’ Sheffield Made Hunter’s Companion 'Land Of The Free Home Of The Brave ' Bowie Knife With Etched Blade, Stag Antler hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel & Brass mounted Leather Scabbard. Sn 21334 - 21334
Before his death in 1986 Fred James was Sheffield's best known Bowie Knife maker. Fred James worked for George Wostenholm the famous Sheffield England knife maker who made many of the original Bowie Knives that were exported to the United States during the mid 19th century. When Wostenholm closed its doors Fred apparently helped himself to many of the 19th century patterns, dies and stamps of his previous employer, and went into the business in the early 1970’s of making Bowie Knives himself. The examples of his work that were unmarked found their way into the “antique” arms dealers in the U.K., especially London. Many U.S. knife collectors were also fooled early on thinking that they were buying authentic 1850’s era Bowie Knives . Fred made/assembled knives with his wife Ivy, and for a while also had a Sandy Lowe who worked along with him. Some of his knives were also marked correctly Fred James, or James & Lowe. Today those Bowies stamped with either of these marks are very collectible in their own right and have a ready market among knife collectors (see pages 214-215 of The Sheffield Knife Book By Tweedale). This James & Lowe Sheffield made Bowie Knife & scabbard are in near mint condition. The knife Stag Antler hilt With Brass Horse Head Pommel. It has an ornate brass finger guard and the 9 ¾” Bowie blade is polished steel with scalloped decoration on the back edge (16 ¼” overall). The blade is 2” at its widest and is 6mm thick. One side of the blade is etched with elaborate scroll work and wording "America Land Of The Free and The Home Of The Brave" and Americans Ask For Nothing But What Is Right And Submit To Nothing That’s Wrong’ wither crossed banners of America & Great Britain. The blade also has the American Eagle and ‘Hunter’s Companion’. The ricasso is stamped "James & Lowe Sheffield". The scabbard is brown leather with gold foliate decoration and brass throat mount and chape. The throat mount has a frog locket. The price for this desirable Bowie includes UK delivery. Sn 21334
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