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WW2 British Royal Marines Double Etched 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife With Scabbard, Green Beret, William Rodgers Sheffield Utility Knife With Scabbard Many Original WW2 Photos & Ephemera Attributed to L/Cpl Marine Arthur John Kirkby . Sn 19133:4 - 19133:4
This original WW2 collection is attributed to Marine Arthur John Kirkby, who in the post war years served with the Territorial Army. Lance Corporal Arthur John Kirby was born in 1925 and at the early stage of WW2 volunteered as a Messenger Boy with the local Home Guard based in Norwich. After the war he volunteered for Territorial service with the RAMC and Royal Engineers. The collection comprises: His 2nd pattern FS fighting knife with correct brass hilt . Its 157mm blade is clean and is double etched. One side has ‘The FS Fighting Knife’ within panel, the reverse Wilkinson Sword London within panel. Its original scabbard has blackened external chape. As is common its original 4 sewn on tabs and elasticated retaining strap are absent. All leather & stitching are intact. His private purchase combat / utility knife with 8” fullered blade to the fortes details of William Rodgers I cut my way trademark & Made in Sheffield England. The hilt with compressed leather washer grip and complete with brown leather scabbard. His RM green beret. The material of the green beret is clean and has just a few small stable moth holes. It is mounted with its original RM brass cap badge The badge has its original split pin to the rear. The beret has no manufacturer or date marks to the lining. The beret is approx. UK size 6. All are accompanied by a selection of original photographs, paperwork etc, appertaining to Lance Corporal Arthur John Kirby including a letter dated December 1943 from his old Home Guard Commanding Officer congratulating on becoming a Marine. A Christmas menu for HMS Kenya 1945 and the photographs indicate Far East service. The price for this rare to find original WW2 collection of Royal Marines Equipment including a double etched FS fighting knife with original photos to a named Marine which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 19133:4
£1,695.00

WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Period Improvised Scabbard. Sn 21693 - 21693
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 original, WW2 2nd pattern FS dagger and scabbard. The hilt is blackened brass with 2nd pattern knurled grip and a blued steel oval cross guard. It has a blackened 176mm long double edged blade with medial ridge. The blade has been sharpened during its life and there is one small nick to one of the cutting edges. Its original period improvised leather scabbard has an external brass chape & belt loop with retaining strap and press stud fastener. The rear of the scabbard has a riveted pressed steel belt hook / bar. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21693
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (31/05) SAS Golden Jubilee 1941-1991**Limited Edition Number 30 Of Only 50 Cased Fairbairn Sykes 1st Pattern, 1st Type, FS Fighting Knife With Gold Plated Hilt From Family Of WW2 SAS Trooper D. Cargill With Provenance. - ED 2388
WW2 1st pattern FS Commando fighting knives were initially produced in 1940 with large 3" cross guards but the cross guard size on 1st pattern's was soon reduced to 2" due the larger cross guards snagging on clothing. Many collectors doubted the existence of these 1st type 1st pattern knives as examples were rarely if ever seen, however, Ron Flook in his book The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives describes and illustrates correspondence produced by Wilkinson Sword dated 1941 which contains a request from the War Office to produce knives with 2" cross guards rather than 3" (see page 68 of Flook's book plate 5.8.). This superb full size (12” overall) 1st pattern FS Commando dagger with 1st type 3" cross guard was produced in 1991 by Wilkinson Sword to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ‘The Special Air Service’. These are arguably the rarest of all Wilkinson commemorative FS daggers. They were only sold to members / ex members of the elite British Special Forces SAS and were made in a very limited edition run of only 50 blades. The knives featured in the magazine guns review published December 1991, the article describes these knives as ‘Special’ (an original Dec 91 dated edition of guns review magazine accompanies the knife). Our cased example numbered 30 is in near mint condition and was received directly from the family of WW2 SAS Trooper 907631 D. Cargill who served with The 1st SAS Regiment between 1944 & 1945 in North West Europe and who later commissioned this extremely rare knife. The knife comes with provenance in the form of copies of emails from the Trooper’s family and correspondence between Mr Cargill with Wilkinson sword. The family also provided a paper copy black & white photo of Mr Cargill in WW2 (the driver far right) and a copy of Mr Cargills Certificate of SAS Service signed by the famous SAS Commander Paddy Mayne. The knife’s gold plated knurled hilt is in superb condition as is its gold plated 3” 1st type 1st Pattern cross guard. It has a beautiful blued blade etched on one side with SAS Golden Jubilee Banner and SAS who dares Wins Regiment badge. The reverse has the verse associated to the regiment (illustrated) & Wilkinson Sword London name with crossed swords legend & QEII Royal Appointment. The blade is numbered ‘30’ (of 50). The dagger is contained in its original wooden box with hinged lid covered in black leatherette material. The case has clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined in sky blue felt & padded white silk. The silk is emblazoned with the Wilkinson Sword name & Crossed Swords legend and is correctly mounted with plate etched with SAS battle honours (Wilkinson did not issue certificates of authenticity with these knives as they considered the detail contained on the plate to be sufficient which can be read in the correspondence between Mr Cargill and Wilkinson Sword). The case has its original brown cardboard retail packaging. The price for this extremely rare SAS commemorative piece once owned by a WW2 SAS veteran with provenance includes UK delivery. ED 2388 (on shelf behind presentation daggers box)
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (31/05) **WW2 D-DAY BRITISH PARATROOPER / GLIDER PILOT CONNECTIONS DIRECT FROM FAMILY**WW2 Army Air Corps Red Beret With AAC Cap Badge, WW2 Dog Tag To AAC 339576 Snelling & His 2nd Pattern WD B2 FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard. Sn 21615 - 21615
The Army Air corps was formed in 1942. Members of the Corps were trained as Paratroopers & some were trained as Glider Pilots for the D-Day landings. Those that participated in Para training or were trained for glider 'Air landings' for D-Day landings were allowed to wear the coveted Red Beret of the Para Regiment. This is an excellent original Red Berret With Army Air Corps Badge, Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern B2 WD Pattern Commando dagger and Dog Tag all to AAC, Para / Glider Pilot T. Snelling Service Number 339576 of the Army Air Corps (we have not researched the Soldier’s service history). All of the items are original, are new to the market, have not been on sale previously and were received directly from the soldier’s family. The Red Beret is in good clean condition with a couple of very small age related holes. The beret is approx. UK size 6 and it has the correct quilted lining with the Soldier’s service number in original red ink. The beret has the correct leather rim and is mounted with the original King’s Crown Metal Army Air Corps badge. The rear brass backing plate of the badge is stamped ‘Snelling. T’. His issued 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger is undamaged and in excellent condition. It has the correct knurled handle and blued 171mm long double edged blade with medial ridge. The cross guard is stamped with War Dept arrow and B2 designation. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on leather tabs and as is common its elastic retaining strap is absent. Tied to the hilt of the dagger is his original WW2 issue Dog tag crisply impressed with name, service number and Regiment designation. The price for this historic combination all to a Soldier who served in the WW2 D-day landings and worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 21615
£0.00

WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.4 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 21572:4 - 21572:4
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see Chapter 8 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle which retains its original blackened finish and a 166mm blued steel blade with medial ridge. The blade is sharp. It has a number 4 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy hilt. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard in nice condition with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its elastic retaining strap and as is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21572:4
£575.00

**RARE**OFFICERS QUALITY**WW2 American United States Marine Corps Officer’s British WD 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Nickel Plated Hilt, Privately Commissioned Etched Banner To ‘T.R. Evans USMC’ & Scabbard With 1944 Webbing Frog. - 21600
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This British WD marked Officer’s example has a knurled nickel plated 2nd pattern hilt and blued oval cross guard stamped with British WD arrow over ’56 which is a known WD mark found on British WW2 FS knives. It has a clean, undamaged 166mm blade with medial ridge. One side of the blade has a crisp etched & blued scrolling banner with name & designation ‘T.R. Evans USMC’. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with blackened external brass chape and single belt loop. As is common its 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period and its original elasticated retaining strap although present is perished in the centre. The scabbard has a period field adaptation of being fitted with a period webbing frog. The rear of the frog has some indistinct ink markings and clear 1944 date. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name includes UK delivery. Sn 21600
£1,475.00

**RARE STILETTO BLADE VARIANT**WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Scabbard. Sn 21608:11 - 21608:11
An excellent original WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with rare to find stiletto form blade. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see Chapter 8 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook). This example has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle which retains much of its blackened finish and a 171mm stiletto form steel blade with medial ridge (we do not often find FS knives with this correct rare form stiletto blade which is slimmer and longer than standard FS blades). The blade is sharp. It has a number 1 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy hilt. The dagger is complete with correct original leather scabbard in nice condition with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its elastic retaining strap and as is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been cut back in the period. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21608:11
£675.00

**RARE**WW2 American Or Canadian Soldier’s Private Purchase 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Wilkinson Sword With Double Etched Panels & Banner To ‘H.Tinfun 1942’ & Scabbard. Sn 21558 - 21558
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. Examples with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook. American & Canadian special forces soldiers & Officers bought FS fighting knives as private purchase weapons. Examples of named, etched blades are illustrated on pages 96 & 97 of Flook’s book. This example has a knurled 2nd pattern brass hilt and oval steel cross guard. It has an undamaged 163mm blade with medial ridge & etched panels. One side ‘Wilkinson Sword London’ with crossed swords legend. The reverse ‘The FS Fighting Knife’. One side of the blade has an etched & blued scrolling banner with name & date ‘H.Tinfun 1942’ no doubt the Soldier or Officer who commissioned this knife. The etchings have some areas of rubbing consistent with age. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with blackened external chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 sewn on leather tabs and elasticated retaining strap. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare item worthy of further research regarding the blade name includes UK delivery. Sn 21558
£1,475.00

WW2 Era British WD Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Beaded & Ribbed (9 Rows Of Beads) & Scabbard. Sn 21599 - 21599
The Beaded & Ribbed variant of the Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting knife was available as a private purchase weapon but were also Military issue. Beaded & Ribbed versions have been found with 9,8,7 & 6 rows of beads (see page 127 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives by Ron Flook). This WW2 era WD marked Beaded and Ribbed Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife has a brass beaded and ribbed grip with 9 rows of beads. The cross guard is stamped with WD arrow indicating military issue. It has a 176mm long blade with medial ridge. The blackened blade has just light staining to be expected. It is complete with original scabbard with external brass chape. As is common, the scabbard’s 4 original sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back and its original elasticated retaining strap on the belt loop is absent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21599
£975.00

**MOST SOUGHT AFTER SPECIAL FORCES PRESENTATION FS**Vietnam War U.S. Special Edition British Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife Form Stiletto Dagger By Japan Sword Etched To The Airborne ‘5th Special Forces Group Vietnam’ With Original Scabbard. - 21601
The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (5th SFG (A)) is one of the most decorated active duty United States Army Special Forces groups in the U.S. armed forces. The 5th SFG (A) saw extensive action in the Vietnam War and played a pivotal role in the early months of Operation Enduring Freedom. 5th Group—as it is sometime called—is designed to deploy and execute nine doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation of weapon of mass destruction, and security force assistance. These Stiletto daggers by Japan Sword were based on the British FS fighting knife and were presented to numbers of the 5th Special forces group upon completion of tours in Vietnam (see page 136 of Thompson’s Commando dagger where he describes these daggers as “because of the mystique surrounding this unit in Vietnam this is probably the most sought after of the Special forces F.S’s”). This example has the correct FS form nickel plated grip made up of 3 chequered sections separated by 2 un-chequered bands. The polished 170mm double edged blade with medial ridge is clean and correctly etched on one side ‘5th Special Forces Group Vietnam’. The cross guard is signed by the Japanese manufacturer ‘Japan Sword’ and has the crest of the 5th SFG. The dagger comes with its original black leather scabbard with nickel plated chape, integral riveted belt loop and retaining strap with press stud fastener (see page 137 of Thompson’s book where a scabbard issued with these daggers which is the same as ours is illustrated). The price for this excellent, Vietnam war U.S. Special forces presentation piece includes UK delivery. Sn 21601 in FS box. (NB A Vietnam War American CIA Phoenix Program PRU (Provincial Reconnaissance Unit) Special Forces Beret is available separately on this website stock number Sn 21449:5)
£945.00
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