Hello, I saw on line, the below of image of manufacturer’s marks on a piece of non- bladed table cutlery.
“Sheffield” is obvious, and the maker or possible retailer appears to be “M Bernard & Co”. There is another mark “X-NS” that could be a trademark.
I looked on line for a bit more information and found few more useful images. Happily for some Forum members most were of bladed cutlery. Better than this they generated an actual trademark “Duracut”.
I love a trademark because trademarks often give rise to or stem from the company’s “Works” name. There is in fact a post on our forum from 2010 mentioning a “Duracut Works” but predominately concerning a joinery tool making company “Robinson Hall Ltd” (I was unable to make a link work. The post is in this Made in Sheffield section)
Here there is the reference concerning “Bernards” shown below, an extract from “Archaeological survey on Rockingham Street / Newcastle Street”
“Duracut. Alan Wasden Limited, Hand Tool Manufacturer. Has a dedication stone which reads: "M Bernard & Co April 1939. This stone was laid on behalf of the above by Miss Shifra & Master Derek Hiller" The building had been used continually from 1939 to 2004 for the production of hand tools, notably hard steel punches and cold chisels.”
The “Rockingham Street/Newcastle street” address of “Duracut works” is confusing as there is an images on line for “Duracut” works and it gives the address of “Rockingham Street at the junction with St Thomas Lane”. Though the company at this address may be a development as it is called “M Bernard & Son Ltd”.
We have 2 addresses for 2 “M Bernard” companies just for confusion. Were they at different periods, using more or less of the same building? And what is there to indicate their production period?
"M Bernard & Co” seemed to have been at “Duracut” works in April 1939 and the yellow and black handled carving set looks to me of the Art Deco period and likely product of the 1930’s.
Robinson Hall Ltd was registered on 04/04/1942 at “Duracut” works so does this mean "M Bernard & Co” ceased production in 1942?
The only other piece of dating I can easily find is going back to my first photo. That mark “X-NS” is not a proper trademark but was the mark allowed to be put on generic cutlery made for civilian use during WWII. That cutlery in my first photo item says that it was made in Sheffield but it had to have been made in Sheffield, as during WWII, cutlery production was concentrated in Sheffield and the Birmingham factories were changed exclusively to wartime production needs. This inference comes from the book by “John Price” (of Birmingham’s Arthur Price & Co), the “Cutlers Tale”, relating his family’s bemoaning not even being able to make generic type “XNS” cutlery items in the War when Sheffield makers could.
There is a last image just to add to the interest and I wonder where it might fit in? Its cutlery does look of a slightly later style.
I have found a few fragments of information about “M Bernard” and “Duracut”. I hope there is a lot more to be added from the Forum.