Swords, Knives, bayonets and edged weapons
German Folding Bowie Knife Hoffritz
A classic knife from Germany. A folding bowie knife by Hoffritz. The stainless steel blade is 7 1/2" when opened. The overall length when folded is 9". It is in good condition and comes with the original sheath with a nickel end cap. An interesting and useful knife dating from around 1950 from my research.
Large Damascus Hunting or Bowie Knife by W. J. Jeffery, London
A hunting or Bowie style knife with a 7 1/4" Damascus blade. The top of the blade is marked "W. J. Jeffery London". The handle scales are of a very hard dark wood. The chequering is still sharp. The knife is very solid and well constructed. I am unsure as to the age of this knife. The leather sheath is in very good condition and suggests the knife is either not very old, or the sheath is a high quality replacement. The overall length is 12".
Victorian Cane with Concealed Inertia Spike
This late Victorian Gentlemans Cane has a black ebony shaft with a round Ivory pommel. The tip is a nicely turned horn ferrule. The pommel has a round brass door which, when opened with a quick flick or jerk of the stick, allows a square section spike of approx 3 1/4" to fly out and lock in place. The spike is returned by squeezing the spike to compress a leaf spring and it drops back into the shaft. The streets of major cities were rough places after dark in the late 1800s and weapons of self defence were popular among the wealthier classes. Although lacking the romantic flourish of a sword stick these canes with an inertia spike were very effective. Unlike a sword cane they could be brought into operation with a potential assailant standing very close to the user.