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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 27/11) Victorian, Rodgers Of Sheffield Form Antique Ivory Hilt Spear Point Bowie Knife With 1900- 1901 Sheffield Sterling Silver Ferrule & Open Top Leather Scabbard. Sn 16988 - 16988
Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making in the 19th century. The Star and Maltese cross were granted to Rodgers by the Company in 1764 and both he and later his sons continued to produce quality knives throughout the Victorian era at various premises in Sheffield including the world famous 6 Norfolk Street. Due to the high quality of their work Rodgers & Sons were awarded Royal Warrants. This is an excellent Victorian Spear Point Bowie Knife & although there are no maker marks visible on the knife it is typical of Bowie’s made by Rodgers. It measures 11 ½” overall with a 6” spear point Bowie blade which is sharp and has just light staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade. The elegantly shaped antique ivory handle is undamaged and has ornate carved decoration. The hilt’s ribbed ferrule has sterling silver hallmarks for ‘Sheffield 1900-1901’ (illustrated). The oval finger guard has ball ends. The dagger is complete with brown leather open top scabbard which has a belt loop riveted to the rear. The scabbard has a ribbed white metal throat mount and chape. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16988
£0.00

Large Victorian Mawhood Brothers Palm Tree Works Sheffield Bowie Knife With Polished Horn Scales & Scabbard With German Silver Fittings. Sn 16991 - 16991
An Immigrant from Australia, John Parkinson Mawhood founded the Company Mawhood Brothers at the Palm Tree Works, Pond hill, Sheffield in 1863. The Company specialised in making quality tools and blades. This is a large Victorian bowie by Mawhood Brothers. The 17 ¼” long, Bowie has polished horn scales secured by brass pins. One scale has a void brass plate mounted by pins. It has a thick brass finger guard with ball end & a 12”single edged, steel Bowie blade. On one side it is crisply marked by the makers ‘Mawhood Bros Sheffield England’ together with their Palm tree trademark. The blade is undamaged and has just areas of light staining consistent with age. Its original brown leather scabbard has a German silver throat mount with ornate belt bar & chape with ball end. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16991
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (22/11) VERY RARE VARIANT, WW1 British Robbins Of Dudley Alloy Hilt, Steel Knuckle Bow Trench Fighting Knife With Scabbard To Private 13345 McGennis Bedfordshire Regiment. Sn 16962 - 16962
An original excellent condition WW1 Robbins of Dudley fighting knife with an alloy handle which has contoured finger recesses, steel knuckle bow and steel blade with blood grooves. The knife has a total length of 248mm and the double edged blade with blood grooves is 154mm length. The maker's name is on the butt of the alloy hilt '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). It is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with retaining strap & single brass stud. The scabbard has an integral belt loop to the rear (see page 26 plate 37 of British & Commonwealth Military Knifes by Ron Flook). The rear of the scabbard has period letter & numbers scratched into the leather ‘H. McGennis Beds Regt 13345’ (Private 13345 John Herbert McGennis landed in France with the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment on the 13th May 1915). The price for this rare trench fighting knife includes UK delivery. Sn 16962.
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (22/11) RARE, WW1 British Robbins Of Dudley Alloy Hilt Trench Fighting Knife Push Dagger With Steel Knuckle Bow & Leather Scabbard. Sn 16961 - 16961
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 158mm and the double edged blade with central blood grooves is 123 mm 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 16961
£0.00

QUALITY, Victorian 1869-1874 Joseph Rodgers Cutlers To Their Majesties Sheffield For Manton & Co Calcutta Spear Point Bowie Hunting Knife German Silver Crossguard, Silver Escutcheon & Original r Scabbard With German Silver Mounts. Sn 16981 - 16981
The Manton family were English gunmakers beginning with John in the early 1800's, then his younger brother Joseph who operated circa 1825-35. J. Manton and Son operated circa 1832-1862 and Manton & Co is listed as operating in London and Calcutta circa 1869-74. Manton’s Calcutta operation specialised in supplying quality firearms and blades to British officer’s & Gentlemen in India. Joseph Rodgers had an unsurpassed reputation for knife making in the 19th century. The Star and Maltese cross were granted to Rodgers by the Company in 1764 and both he and later his sons continued to produce quality knives throughout the Victorian era at various premises in Sheffield including the world famous 6 Norfolk Street. Due to the high quality of their work Rodgers & Sons were awarded Royal Warrants. This is an quality 12” long, Spear Point Bowie hunting knife & Scabbard made by Rodgers at their Norfolk street workshop for Manton & Co Calcutta. It has chequered horn scales secured by brass pins. A void silver escutcheon is mounted on one scale and oval German silver crossguard. It has a 7 ¼” double edged, spear point steel blade with central fullers on both sides. One side of the blade is crisply marked ‘Joseph Rodgers & Sons, Cutlers To Their Majesties No 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield England’ together with ‘Star and Maltese cross’ trademark and the reverse ‘Made For Manton & Co Calcutta’. The excellent, original brown leather scabbard has a rear belt loop with void German silver plate & German silver throat mount and chape. Running between the chape and throat mount is a German silver strengthening / seam bar. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16981
£1,800.00

SOLD SOLD (12/11) Victorian Era English Fisher Bowie / Fighting Knife With Spear Point Bowie Blade & Leather Scabbard With Hilt Retaining Clip. ED 2481 - ED 2481
This is a very good Bowie fighting knife in Victorian form. It has a 6 ¼” long polished steel spear point Bowie blade. The knife measures 10 ¾” overall. One side of the blade is crisply marked by the maker or retailer ‘Fischer’ (there were several cutlers named Fisher working in both London and the provinces in the Victorian era). It has a white metal cross guard holed for scabbard retaining clip, ferrule and undamaged chequered horn handle with recessed screw bolt at the top. The Bowie has its original brown leather scabbard. The rear of the scabbard has a belt loop. The throat has a scabbard retaining clip which fastens securely to the cross guard hole to keep the knife firmly in the scabbard. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2481
£0.00

Post 1913 British Lockwood Brothers Sheffield (John Sellers & Son / Richard Elliott) C+W Trademark Belt Knife With Hand Forged Stainless Steel Blade, Ivorine Scales & Scabbard. Sn 16842 - 16842
The Sheffield cutlers Lockwood brothers was reputedly founded in 1797 by John Lockwood. The family thrived under the management of his 4 sons, William, John, Joseph & Charles who succeeded him. They made quality knives for many years using the ‘C+X’ trade mark. By 1933 the company name had disappeared from local directories and the company’s name and trademarks were acquired by Shefffield cutlers Richard Elliott and later John Sellers who operated in Sheffield until C1975 (see pages 191,219 & 270 of the Sheffield Knife book by Tweedale). True stainless steel was invented in 1913 and quickly became popular in knife making. This is a Lockwood Brother C+X trademark belt knife. It has a clean 5” drop point stainless steel blade. The blade is etched ‘C+X’ above ‘Lockwood Brothers Sheffield’. It also has ‘Hand Forged Stainless Steel’ near to the ricasso indicating post 1913 manufacture. Its Ivorine scales are clean, undamaged & secured by brass pins. The knife has a leather scabbard with tooled decoration which has a blued steel belt bar to the rear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16842
£195.00

Victorian / Boer War & WW1 British Underwood London Officer’s Private Purchase, Fighting / Hunting Knife Etched To Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton-Biddulph, Chirk Castle, North Wales. 16789 - 16789
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. Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton- Biddulph, was born 1866 & died 1949. Lived at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire (the castle was built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer de Chirk, uncle of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March as part of King Edward I's chain of fortresses across the north of Wales. It guards the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley. It was the administrative centre for the Marcher Lordship of Chirkland. The castle was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1593). Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton- Biddulph was the son of Richard Myddelton and Catherine Arabella Howard. He married Lady Violet Nevill, daughter of William Nevill, 1st Marquess of Abergavenny and Caroline Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, on 19 August 1898. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration (T.D.) He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) He lived at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire, Wales. His Military Service is recorded:- Lt. in Royal Welsh Fusiliers – 1885, Major with Royal Filed Artillery 1917,Lt. Col 1921.He served France and Egypt.He was awarded 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. This is Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton-Biddulph’s private purchase fighting / hunting knife which he would no doubt have carried through the Boer War & WW1. The heavy knife has undamaged polished horn scales secured to the tang by brass pins. It has a 5 ¾” single edged drop point blade which has just light staining consistent with age and measures 10 ¼” overall length. The blade is marked crown VR (Victoria Regina) and with manufacturer detail ‘Underwood 56 Haymarket London’. The back edge of the blade has an etched panel ‘R.E.M Biddulph Chirk Castle N. Wales’. The knife has its original undamaged, open top brown leather scabbard with stitched rear seam and belt loop. The loop has an old leather cord attached which has obviously been with the scabbard for many years. The price for this knife worthy of further research regarding the Officer who owned it includes UK delivery. Sn 16789
£875.00

Victorian Era G. Burley, Burgess Street (Sheffield) Cutlery Hilt Drop Point Bowie Knife Blade numbered ‘3557’ & Scabbard. ED 2473 - ED 2473
A Victorian cutlery handled, Bowie knife & brown leather scabbard. The knife has a typical Victorian era cast, pot metal, cutlery form handle decorated with ornate scrolls. The cast hilt has an integral ornate finger guard. The 7 ¾” long, steel drop point blade has areas of staining consistent with age and use. The knife measures 13 ¼” overall. The blade is numbered ‘3557’ and has manufacturer detail ‘G. Burley, Burgess Street’ (internet resources indicate a George Burley pocket knife cutler is recorded in the Robinson’s Directory Of Sheffield 1797). The dark brown open top leather scabbard has a single belt loop to the rear. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. This Bowie is worthy of further research re the maker. The price includes UK delivery.ED 2473
£575.00

C1920’s English George Butler & Co Sheffield ‘Key’ Trademark Shooter’s / Sportsman’s Multi Blade / Tool Folding Knife With Shotgun Cartridge Extractor Tool ‘16’ & ‘12’ Bores & German Silver Scales. Sn 16676 - 16676
The English cutlers George Butler & Co Sheffield are recorded C1810-1952. Located at their Trinity Works, the Company used a ‘key’ trademark (see pages 169-170 of the Sheffield knife Book by Tweedale). This is a nice original, British Sheffield made Shooter’s / Sportsman’s Folding Knife. It has a 2” single edged blade, a 3” single edged blade (both very sharp), claw blade, corkscrew, spike, button hook & gimlet. It also has a shotgun cartridge removal tool marked ‘16’ and ‘12’ (shotgun cartridge bores). Some of the blades are stamped by the Sheffield manufacturer 'Butler & Co' with 'key' trademark and ‘Sheffield Art England’. All have staining consistent with age but no damage. It has German Silver scales and lanyard shackle. When closed the knife measures 4 ¾” length (including shackle). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16676
£345.00
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