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  1. There was a Cavendish Dance Studio in the upper floors in the early fifties and sixties.
  2. In the 1974 Kellys Directory there wasnt a 722 Prince of Wales Rd but there was a 730 which was the address of DAVY UNITED.
  3. I used to work in the Trafalgar Works many moons ago.
  4. If its heavy and blunt and roughly the size of a table fork it could be what was described in the trade as a "Imbecile Knife" they were used in Mental Hospitals so the inmates could not really cut them selves and the weight of it helped to break up the food. THis one was made by Sippels on Cadman St Sheffield. I used to make similar knives at a firm called Lee & Wigfalls on John St Sheffield in the sixties.
  5. The Carving Fork is interesting for the fact that the Guard is so made with two protuberances so that it will sit flat on the table. The Knife, I used to process all kind of Citlery blades for a living and that particular blade type was called by my works a "Coronation Carver" and as far as I know its still in production.
  6. I think its just an ordinary Penknife blade thats been adapted for someones personal use, the handle doesnt seem to be in keeping with Joseph Rodgers products.
  7. The tool,thats what it is-- is an ERASER for scratching ink off paper or parchment when mistakes or blots were made, they were used in conjunction with Quill pens also latterly with steel nibbed pens, but with the use of fountain pens and biros they were made obsolete overnight., I used to work with a chap that made them.
  8. If these are silver plated they are not Egg Spoons, the inside of Egg Spoons are always Gold Plated because of tarnishing by the yolk of the egg, they may be a fruit spoon but they were normally fluted in the bowl, they could be a different style of ice cream spoon.
  9. Nickel Silver doesnt rust its just a marketing ploy
  10. I doubt very much that these were made in Sheffield simply because of the made in GREAT BRITAIN mark, these have been made for a specific purpose for a specific customer. Could they be a coffee measure? or making some kind of substance IE. food into a ball shape.
  11. Your penknife is very interesting especially the pointed handle, its looks to me like it was used as an eraser, picking off ink if a mistake has been made, as you know the pen-knife was made for trimming quill pens so the eraser theory could be correct.
  12. Its not called a "COLLAR" its called a FERRULE
  13. FEL-ELECTRIC was on Sidney St and it was between Leppingtons Cutlery Firm and Smith & Hills manufacturing chemist, in the early eighties they had a bad fire which gutted the building.The shell of the building was then bought by George Butlers (they were initially Leppingtons) and converted into more shops for making Cutlery, the upper floor which had two large sliding doors that opened onto Sidney St was one of the shops that I was supervisor of but I never liked it the roof was over twenty feet high.
  14. I worked In the Western Works in the early sixties when it was owned by my mates Father a chap called John Mulcrone and his four sons also worked there John, Raymond, David & Danny (my old school mate). The firm was called J. Donnelly and we made all round tang spoons and forks including Carver forks. The regime there was harsh at the age of seventeen I was working 59 hours per week which was illegal so I had to clock out at five o`clock and then carry on till half six BUT if you lasted there a month you could work anywhere. Mr Mullcrone aka Donnelly worked along side of us each and every day from seven in the morning till six thirty and Saturday Morning seven till twelve, this man taught me to use both hands when working, as you putting an article down with your right hand you should be picking up the next one with your left. This man trained me to be a exceptional cutlery worker which enabled me do any job related to producing Cutlery. On the Corner of Portobello & Mappin St stood another large Cutlery Firm called Bisbys which was run on different lines, Mr Bisby and his son never worked on the shop floor. On Regent Street next to Portobello, Samuel Plimsol (of the PLIMSOL LINE on ships) lived for a short while while he was a Clerk in a brewery in or near Pond st, I think it was Berrys Brewery. Western Works was also let off with small shops for other businesses and when Mr Mulcrone died his elder son John took over the reins of the firm and stated a another branch making scissors which he called MAB products. The firm finally closed in the seventies, John went to live in Blackpool now sadly dead, Raymond is still a little mester making Skian Duhs (hope thats spelled correctly) Scottish Daggers, David had very sad life after the firm closed after several terrible events I heard he was living rough and he also died;as for Danny he went Taxi driving but I do not know anything of him since the early eighties. On the whole I enjoyed all of my time working in the Western Works.
  15. Theres some exactly the same on THE WHARNCLIFFE FIRECLAY WORKS on Devonshire St & I believe there are a couple on Castle St