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  1. Thanks very much for the response and photos.
  2. A photo of the Jos Rodgers & Sons stash circa very early 1900s.
  3. Very interesting knife. A photo of what appears to be the same knife appears in Geoffrey Tweedale's The Sheffield Knife Book, p118.
  4. Hi. I thought these coasters were likely Made in Sheffield. They are quite heavy silver plate and porcelain, about 4.5 inches in diameter, with a maker's mark that looks like MR. I've attached photos and would appreciate any information you might have about the maker and age of these. Many Thanks.
  5. Thanks for the great information on the Chesterman co. This ruler knife dates from the 1930s. The blades were made by George Ibberson with Firth Stainlees steel.
  6. Either the blades on this penknife were made with Hadfield's Steel or it is a promotional item for the company. I'm thinking it dates to the late 1800s or very early 1900s. Does anyone know about the Dawes Co? Any information greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  7. Hi Mark, I think the knife was likely made in the 1950s/60s. This Wostenholm TYNE knife appears in an early 60s catalogue. I haven't been able to track down the origin or relevance of the name. As a general rule, any knife with England in the stamp was made 1891 or thereafter.
  8. There is an entry in A Directory of Sheffield originally printed in 1787 by Gales and Martin, London. It lists PAPA and ABBA with the cross and Union Street. Littlewood, John. Table knives silver and plated. Silver street. Joseph Nowil (with 1 l), cutler, Copper Street. Thomas Law and co, same address and mark as you provided also Cross with L & Co below. Ashforth, Ellis, Wilson, & Hawksley, Angel Street Dewsnap, Joshua, Trinity Street, mark Crown with 'SOUND' below
  9. Thanks steve for the welcome back. Apologies for being away so long. Made in England I believe makes it 1891 or later. In Tweedale's book.... Cowlishaws was owned by a Mr Smith after 1932 and was reknowned for making folding scissors.
  10. Hi, Interesting. If you can identify the patent number it should be possible to determine the year the patent was registered, although not necessarily the year of manufacture as this could be sometime subsequent to the patent registration.
  11. Hi... I did have a look but could not really find anyfurther info. I will keep an eye open for you.
  12. Hi thanks very much for your post. I agree... the name Champagne Corkscrew does not refer to pulling corks on Champagne bottles. The notches rest on the lip of a wine bottle to provide a fulcrum to ease the lifting of the cork similar to many waiter's-friends corkscrews. What is unique about this one is that the surface of the attachment from the notches to the tip is serrated, but not sharp, and thus was designed to break the wire holding champagne corks before the cages became twist-off. Hence the name Champagne Corkscrew. It is a wine multi-tool or a multi-wine tool.
  13. That is a real beauty of a knife. Thanks for posting it. I'll try to find some information for you this weekend.
  14. This is a Chesterman ruler knife from the 1930s. Made by G. Ibberson with Firth Stainless blades.