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SURGICAL KNIVES

We have for sale an unusual collection of surgical knives and scalpels, some of military interest.

1 / Skin grafting knife 9 inch overall,by Stilie Sweden.

2/ Six Iridectomy knives 5.5 Inches long in wood case.

3/ Five scalpels average 6.5 inches long in wood case stamped with British military crows foot by down brothers London.

4/ 10 inch amputation knife by Mayer & Meltzer, British military stamp on box and knife. Two inch portion of blade damaged and small break at tip of blade.

5/ 13.5 inch amputation knife by Henry Lewis of new Cavendish street rust marks to blade near handle on one side of blade. No military markings

6/ a small collection of various bits and bobs some stamped with crows foot ,silver and makers marks.

PRICE £195.00

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SOE GRAVITY KNIFE

We have a very rare George Ibberson & co SOE gravity knife in great condition.

If you would like some more information on this item please contact

History of the British Gravity Knife

After British forces had captured numbers of the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer, the British government approached George Ibberson & Co. of Sheffield, England, a knife and cutlery manufacturer, and asked him to produce a British version of the German Luftwaffe gravity knife for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and other clandestine warfare units.

Under the initial wartime contract, George Ibberson & Co. initially made 500 gravity knives for issue to the SOE and other special forces. Two other manufacturers, both of Sheffield, Yorkshire, produced between 1,200 and 1,500 knives during the war.

These Sheffield gravity knives had smooth wood or textured plastic scales, but were otherwise identical in features and operation to the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer, with a locking gravity-deployed blade, takedown feature, and a folding rigging spike or awl.

In the hands of British SOE agents, the Sheffield gravity knife was considered to be a secondary combat weapon.

In addition to the knife blade, SOE close combat instructors found that the folding rigging spike was useful for silent elimination of sentries by opening the carotid artery on the neck.

The gravity knife, which is a direct copy of the German gravity knife was made by the Company George Ibberson of Sheffield, England. When British forces first captured German Paratroopers equipment many items were copied by the British War Office.

Amongst collectors of British knives the gravity knife is basically the Holy Grail.

The story goes that after the war the gravity knives were gathered up, taken and dumped in the North Sea

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GERMAN FIRE OFFICIAL’S BAYONET

We have for sale a german fire official’s bayonet

The short bayonet was designated for use by Fire Brigade leaders and investigators.

Nickel-plated hilt fittings in very clean “sleeper” condition.

Black Bakelite grip plates are perfect – no cracks or chips.

Obverse of the blade features a 5 ¾” long frosted panel with floral/vine motif flanking the central inscription, “Für 25 JährigeTreueDienstzeit” (For 25 Years of Loyal Service) in raised Gothic script. The etched panel retains 100% of the background frosting.*

Plated blade length: 19.6cm.  Very good condition, with only light runner marks. No nicks.

Brown leather blade buffer pad in very good condition.

Steel scabbard retains approximately 95%+ of factory black enamel.  Some paint loss on the exposed ball finial, as normal.

Black leatherfrog in very good condition, with minor wear at appropriate places.

Fire Brigade leader’s portepee in good order – black finish has faded with time.

* The etched motif resembles closely that of E. Pack &Söhne motif pictured on page 150 of German Etched Dress Bayonets by Wayne H. Techet.  Johnson’s of Fredericksburg have kindly examined good quality images and are of the opinion that the etching is genuine 1930s German!

PRICE £525.00

 

PLEASE CONTACT IF YOU REQUIRE ANY MORE PICTURES OR INFORMATION ON THIS ITEM AND WE WILL BE ONLY TO PLEASED TO HELP.

UNITED KINGDOM POST AND PACKING IS INCLUDED IN THE LIST PRICE. IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE UK PLEASE CONTACT FOR A QUOTATION.

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