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This antique1883 Edward Lucas and Sons of Dronfield, Sheffield Boer war trench spade is stamped Edwd Lucas & son 1883 and considered to be the holy grail of spades . It is a Wallace patent. The trench spade measures 18cm x 50cm high.
Few people get excited about military entrenching tools BUT this is the Holy Grail! Entrenching Tools became essential in WWI and then again in WWII however they were first officially introduced during the Victorian era as "essential equipment".
The rarest of them all is the scarce Wallace Patent entrenching tool patented in 1883 by Nesbit Willoughby Wallace, which was a design of sheer genius. Commonly used with the P-1888 Slade Wallace leather set.
This not only has a well designed very rounded curved blade with long support spines up the handle shaft but the "crossbar" at the hilt is cleverly steel wrapped and doubles as a "pick and bladed hammer".
This had to be a nightmare and costly to make and one can understand why these are so very hard to come by as almost every one got taken home to somebody's garden shed!