Rare Williams of Smithfield Butchers Knife


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Mid to Late 19th C

  • £95.00
  • €102 Euro
  • $121 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Rare antique Williams of Smithfield (1765-1923) butcher’s knife with a rosewood handle, churchwarden’s pipe trademark.
The single-edged blade is struck T. WILLIAMS SMITHFIELD LONDON MADE, together with the clay pipe logo. In the 19th Century the robust T Williams knives were very popular with British officers as a private purchase weapon.
It is in a very used condition and a nice example of recycling in action. The blade has snapped during butchery and the knife has since been used by the painter A P, great sharpening wear, patina and paint splattering to the handle.

Vintage 19th Century

Overall length 17cm Blade 6cm

Delivery is included in the purchase price to most of mainland UK. Please call or email for quotes to Highland Scotland, Northern Ireland, UK Islands and for Worldwide shipping, email: [email protected] or phone +44 (0)7951 351846 . We will liaise with you to ensure delivery is as smooth as possible.
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The Lion Knife
The adventurer Harry Wolhuter was appointed one of Kruger Park’s first rangers in 1903. In August of that year, he was attacked by two lions. He was knocked from his horse, bitten deeply through the shoulder and dragged 100 meters into the brush, where he managed to draw his knife and dispatch the first lion with two thrusts into the heart; his dog meanwhile frightened off its mate. Wolhuter survived the attack but lost his Williams knife. On hearing of his adventure, the T. Williams Company presented Wolhuter with a new one.


Mid to Late 19th C

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