Joseph Fenton & Sons Ltd Antique Bone Handle Knives in Original Box Collectable
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Sold Date: 05/07/2012
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay UK
Category: Furniture & Furnishings
6 antique knives with bone handles. � Knives are in very good condition and come in the original box. � Unfortunately the box isn't in very good condition but is very rare to find items in original box. They are made by Joseph Fenton & Sons Ltd - Manufactures of Cutlery and each knife is inscribed with the makers mark. � Some history about the item:This firm was founded by Joseph Fenton in 1795 and for many years was situated in Scotland Street. The company mark, a Maltese Cross with the letters W W (one inverted above the other), was granted in 1796. In the early 1870s, the business moved to the Sykes Works on Matilda Street and Eyre Street. The contemporary trade press, in its customary deferential tones, describes Fenton's Works as 'commodious', 'wellappointed', with machinery of the 'most elaborate and effective character'. Apparently, the factory was amongst the larger of the cutlery firms in Sheffield, with about 300-400 workers in the early 1890s. A three-storied block of workshops, powered by a steam-engine, produced Fenton's specialities: table- and butchers'-knives, pocket-knives and files. Sportsman's knives, Bowies, dirks and other hunting-knives were displayed in the firm's showrooms.I am not sure of the date of the item but know they were my great grandmothers. � They have been well cared for, except the box which has been damaged as seen in pictures.!
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