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**NEW TO MARKET DIRECT FROM FAMILY OF WW2 PARA JOSEPH ELLIOT**WW2 British 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife & Scabbard With Provenance & Sepia Copies Of Original WW2 Photos Of The Soldier In Theatre. Sn 21429 - 21429
This is an original WW2 2nd Pattern FS fighting knife, new to the market, recently acquired direct from the family of WW2 veteran Joseph Elliot service number APV000200777 who served in 2 Para in the Italy & Greece theatres of war. Correspondence from Mr Elliot’s son, himself an ex 2 para member who served post war states “I have my father’s dagger which he used in WW2. He was in 2 Para under Johnny Frost mainly Scottish lads and I have tried my best to get his war records which unfortunately they wont release to me for some reason. I will be 80 when they release it. I am ex 2 Para myself ”. The correspondence also included 2 copies of period images of Mr Elliot while serving in Italy & Greece during WW2. One image a portrait believed taken in Greece 1944, the other a Platoon group photo titled ‘4th Battalion ‘C’ Coy 10 Platoon Italy 1943’. In the correspondence, regarding the images his son states that the portrait was taken in ‘Greece 1944’ & that Mr Elliot is seated ‘second row top, third in from left’ in the 1943 Italy image. Extracts from email correspondence and copies of the images from the family accompany the knife. This is an excellent WW2 WD 2nd pattern, ‘B2’ FS dagger to WW2 Para Joseph Elliot (B WD arrow marks are identified as a known WW2 stamp on 2nd pattern FS knives, see page 87 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard which is faintly stamped with partially visible ‘Broad Arrow B2’ marks. The knife has a 160 mm long steel blade with medial ridge. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its original period scabbard has a brass chape. It has an integral belt loop. As is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent & 2 of its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21429
£895.00

**MINT**WW2 British WD 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Number 2 Mould & ‘Broad Arrow Above 21’ Marks & Scabbard. Sn 21441 - 21441
This is a near mint, original, WW2 era 3rd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife. This example has an undamaged blackened brass ribbed handle. The hilt has a ‘Broad Arrow Above 21’ & number ‘2’ mould marks (see page 154 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook where the ‘Broad Arrow 21’ mark is identified as a WW2 stamp found on both 2nd & 3rd pattern FS knives.) It has an undamaged, clean, 175 mm long blued double edged dagger blade with medial ridge. The dagger is complete with original leather scabbard with external blackened brass chape and belt loop. The scabbard retains its original 4 sewn on tabs and as is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent but perished in the mid section. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21441
£595.00

**MINT**RARE**ISSUED BUT UNUSED**WW2 Era British Wilkinson Sword London 2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With Double Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 21440 - 21440
2nd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes 'FS' Fighting Knives were introduced in 1941. This is an excellent, rare to find, near mint, issued but unused condition, WW2 2nd pattern, FS dagger and scabbard. Examples of FS daggers with etched blades are illustrated in Chapter 7 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook. The dagger has the correct blackened brass knurled handle & oval blackened steel cross guard. The knife has a 171 mm long blued blade with medial ridge. The ricasso is crisply marked with etched and blued panels, 'Wilkinson Sword London' & the reverse 'The FS Fighting Knife'. The blade is clean. Its original scabbard has a blackened brass chape. It has an integral belt loop with elasticated strap & original 4 sewn on leather tabs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21440
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (16/02) Post WW2 British Commando 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife By Nowill & Sons Sheffield. ED 2567 - ED 2567
The Nowill familly are recorded as Sheffield cutler's since the 16th Century. The family traded under various names and Trademarks until John Nowill acquired the 'crossed keys' trademark in 1842. John Nowill retired from the business in 1847 - three years before his death on 24 October 1850 and the name of the business adopted the 'Nowill & Sons' name (see page 242 of the Sheffield Knife book By Tweedale). Nowill & Sons made FS Commando Fighting Knives for the British War Dept. This is an excellent post WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife by Nowill & Sons. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 and issue of the knives to Commandos continued into the modern era (see pages 159-178 of The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives By Flook Regarding Post War FS knives). This Post War example has an undamaged ribbed alloy handle and a clean undamaged 178mm long blued steel blade with medial ridge. The blade has Nowill’s maker detail and srossed keys trademark. The hilt also has cast crossed keys trademark. It is complete with original leather scabbard with blackened external chape and single belt loop with elasticated retaining strap. It retains it's 4 leather sewn on tabs. All leather & stitching are intact. The front and rear of the belt loop has gold highlighted lettering ‘DLr’ most likely a maker or original owner’s initials. The price for this nicely marked FS fighting knife includes UK delivery. ED 2567
£0.00

WW2 Era British WD All Steel Hilt Variant Fairbairn Sykes FS Commando Fighting Knife With 7 Knurled Rings & Scabbard. Sn 21895 - 21895
Like many variants of the FS knife there are various theories as to the origins of the all steel knives. Generally put about is that they were dropped into Europe for use by the resistance. There is also anecdotal evidence indicating use by Home guard. At least one of these knives was recovered in the wreck of a Sherman tank which sank off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion (see pages 131 to 133 of ‘The Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife & Other Commando Knives’ by Flook). This is an excellent, original, all steel hilt variant British WD FS knife and scabbard. It has the correct blued all steel hilt which has 7 knurled grip rings. The oval cross guard is blued. The knife has a 178 mm long, clean, blued blade with medial ridge. Its original leather scabbard has an integral belt loop and blued brass external chape. It retains its original elasticated retaining strap and as is common its original 4 sewn on leather tabs have been period cut back. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21895
£595.00

WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.1 Mould Mark & Quality Period Custom Made Scabbard. ED 2656 - ED 2656
A very good 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 much of its blackened finish and a 163mm blued steel blade with medial ridge. The clean blade is sharp. It has a number 1 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy handle and has a blued steel cross guard. The dagger is complete with quality period custom made leather scabbard. The thick leather hide scabbard’s long belt loop has stitched on webbing reinforcement bands. The scabbard has heavy duty stitched edges and the tip is holed and fitted with brass ring for thigh cord. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2656
£475.00

Post WW2 British Wilkinson Sword ‘Best Commando On Course Prize’ Nickel Plated 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With Wilkinson Etched Panel & Scabbard. Sn 21379 - 21379
An original, 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife with etched Wilkinson Sword panel. These post WW2 quality knives were reputedly presented to the ‘best commando on course’ after completion of their arduous training and are highly prized fully functional fighting knives. The 3rd pattern knife was introduced in 1942 (see page 61 & 62 of British & Commonwealth Military Knives By Flook) and continued to be issued post war. It has an undamaged ribbed and nickel plated brass handle and oval nickel plated cross guard. It has a 178mm dagger blade with medial ridge. The blade has an etched panel on one side ‘Wilkinson Sword Ltd Made In England’ within foliate panel, crossed swords legend and QEII Royal appointment. It is complete with its leather scabbard with external nickel plated chape and single belt loop. It retains its 4 leather sewn on leather tabs and as is common its elasticated retaining strap is absent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21379
£575.00

WW2 British 3rd Pattern Commando Fairbairn Sykes FS Fighting Knife With No.4 Mould & ’42 WD Arrow’ Mark & Scabbard. Sn 21381 - 21381
A very good 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 blackened finish and a 174mm blackened steel blade with medial ridge. The blade is sharp. The blackened finish is lightly rubbed consistent with age and service use. It has a number 4 mould mark on the ribbed 3rd pattern alloy handle and is stamped with ‘WD arrow below 42’ mark on the cross guard which is a known mark found on WW2 3rd pattern FS knives (see page 87 of Flook’s book). 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 21381
£645.00

**MINT**Cased Limited Edition (No.673 of 2,500) Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'The Invasion Of Italy' By Wilkinson Sword With Etched Blade From The WW2 Victory Collection By The American Historical Foundation. Sn 21380 - 21380
This superb 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was issued by The American Historical Foundation to Commemorate the WW2 Invasion Of Italy. Only 2,500 daggers were produced for the Edition. The dagger is in pristine condition. It has a beautiful blued blade etched on one side with the Wilkinson Sword London name & crossed swords legend & decorative foliate panels and wording 'Strike Hard & Strike Home' together with the names of the war time American president ' Roosevelt' & British Prime Minister 'Churchill' (all illustrated). The ricasso is stamped with the weapons Edition number '673'.The reverse is etched 'In Honor Of The Invasion of Italy 14 May 1943, 2 May 1945' with battle honour roll within scrolling panels. The 2nd pattern knurled handle and plain cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with red velour material. The case has a hinged lid and 2 brass clasp fasteners . The inside of the case is lined with red velour & white silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger and the silk interior has the wording 'The World War II Victory Collection, The Invasion Of Italy Limited Edition Issued By The American Historical Foundation, Richmond Virginia' all in Gold. Price for this excellent commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 21380
£675.00

**MINT**24 CT GOLD PLATED HILT**Cased 1981 Limited Edition (No. 1000 of 1000) Commemorative 3rd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'SAS 40th Anniversary’ By Crown Swords Blade Etched ‘22nd SAS Regiment’ Certificate,Info Leaflet Original 1981 Sales receipts. - 21398
This is a near mint limited edition 3rd pattern FS Commando dagger manufactured by Crown Swords Berkshire to the same exacting standards of specification and detail as FS knives used during WW2 with the addition of an etched blade. These knives were manufactured in a production run of only 1000 blades in 1981 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the Special Air Service in 1941. This particular cased knife was bought from Crown Swords in 1981 by a British Army Captain and it is accompanied by the original crown swords sales receipts, information documents and retail shipping packaging. The knife is in near mint condition. It has a beautiful blade etched on both sides. One side is etched with ‘Crown Swords’ manufacturer's name and legend together with para jump wings and imagery of troops parachuting from an aircraft. The reverse has scroll banners ‘22nd Special Air Service Regiment’ with SAS winged dagger ‘Who Dares Wins’ Regiment badge. The cross guard is stamped ‘SAS’ and with limited edition number ‘1000’ (of 1000). The 24ct gold plated 3rd pattern ribbed handle and cross guard retain all of their original finish. The dagger is contained in its original wooden case covered with black leatherette material. The case has a hinged lid the top of which has the SAS winged dagger badge. The case has 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with red felt & silk. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The box contains the dagger’s limited edition authenticity certificates and registration card. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21398
£645.00
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