I will occasionally have knives for sale, some of which are from my own collection of London Knives. Prices include UK postage, overseas will be extra depending on location, shipping method etc.
A fine folding dirk by WILLEY. William Willey started out in Sheffield around 1828 and other family members
branched out mainly to Liverpool. But William and his son also called William moved to London around 1851. The knife is 5 inches closed and 9 inches open, ivory scales nickel mounts. One very small crack to ivory around one rivet. I have a lot more information on Willey that will go with the knife. Noting the scales are ivory will only send to countries were it is legal to do so - please check you local regulations as I will not be responsible if it gets held by customs. £350.
Image direct from my London
Knife Book. A wonderful
spearpoint Bowie by REILLY of New
Oxford St London. Reilly were
gun makers who operated from
1861 to 1917, The blade retains
99% of its orignal polish, The ebony
grip has a crack one side and
unusually the sheath retains its
frog. A notable feature of the
piece is the pommel cap only one
other Bowie with this feature has
been noted (see the Antique
Bowie Knife Book) and is on a knife
dated to 1850. This knife is
likely to date from the 1860's.
Overall a spectacular knife and
worthy of any advance Bowie
£4500 or make me an offer
Another piece from my London
Knife Book. This is a heavy spear
point Bowie by Priest. Brass
guard , ebony grip scales. The
sheath may be a replacement but
is contemporary with the knife.
This is a signifcant piece the grip is
made for large hand. Dating from
the 1860/70. The piece is similar
is some respects to that shown in
The Bowie Knife by Norm
Flayderman, page 95.
£3750 or make me an offer
A wonderful silver hilted double edged knife by Thornhill which as will be seen was written-up in the Journal of the Antique Bowie Knife Association. The knife would based on the crest and initials appear to have connections with a titled family. £850.
A blank F-S blade, never finished. A number of these blades totally in the "raw" came out of Hopkinson's when they closed several years ago. £45.
A rare French Commando Badge, stamped on the reverse MADE IN ENGLAND. This is the type worn during WW2, however some say that this particular example is one of the ones made for the film The Longest Day. However Peter Taylor the author of Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948 informs me that these are actually WW2 badges, when Gaunt who made the WW2 badges were approached to make badges for the film they had these in stock. £145
These cuff links were made for the original Commando Veterans Association, and have the design of a 1st pattern F-S knife against a green background (green for the green beret). They have Birmingham silver hallmarks for 1966. These are now quite scarce and a great fashion item for any F-S collector. £75
Grab lot of 3 sheaths. Modern FS sheath, sheath for one of the French/Spanish long blade FS style knives, complete with tie down laces, sheath for unknown knife which will take balde of around 7 inches and 1.5 inches wide for most of the length. £40 including UK postage for the three.
An extremely unusual and rare Shakespear Knife. This piece appears never to have been finished by having a grip applied. It also has a very unusual sheath being plain brown leather. I would guess by the sheath that the item dates from around the 1915-1920's era. The panel with the etching is clear but there are areas of staining on the blade. This could make a great project for someone who wanted to regrip the piece. The knife is shown in my London Knife Book. £625.
A very rare and early piece of cutlery ephemera being a advertising sheet for E Stammers 99 Strand London,
with appointment to the Prince Regent. This dates the piece to 1811 - 1820. There is more detail on Stammers in my London Knife book. £45
This next knife by Moseley and Son London is something of a mystery. It is hown in my London Knife Book (plate 122) Moseley and Son where toolmakers, cutlers etc. The knife appears to be some form of sticking knife but its original purpose is unknown. It is now thought that the large tubular steel piece with brass end that acted as sheath and shown in my book is probably(?) not original to the knife. That piece has also been mislaid when lent to someone! The blade of the knife is only 15mm wide, blade length 20cm, overall length 31cm. £215 including UK postage. [NOTE: If the tube is found postage will have to be checked as it is very heavy]
A very rare Italian Colonial Police folding lock knife. In 40 or so years of collecting this is only the second one I have owned. The polished horn grips are in excellent condition, the blade needs a clean, and has will be seen is tipped. This is however a really rare knife and one which is hardly featured in any reference book. £450 including UK postage.
NOTE: TRADES AND PART EXCHANGE ALWAYS CONSIDERED IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE ABOVE.
Folding Dirk by James Rodgers, Sheffield. As shown the piece was described in the Journal of the Antique Bowie Knife Association. To avoid any concerns about the grips they are made of Bone and not Ivory.
Blade has some tarnish/patina and as the illustraion shows the blade does not open straight but it has definately been made that way.
£775 including Uk postage