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Hello Sheffield history men and women.i now have two butler knives in my collection .the oldest one (well worn ) I've had for quite a while,The other one which is probably later when it was made I brought 3 days ago.The older one has G .BUTLER on one side of the tang and Sheffield +A.R.T. on the other side.The other later made knife has G.BUTLER.&CO.Sheffield on the tang with nothing on the other side.just wondering if anyone could put dates on these knives.thanks. 

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21 hours ago, Adrian Cook said:

Hello Sheffield history men and women.i now have two butler knives in my collection .the oldest one (well worn ) I've had for quite a while,The other one which is probably later when it was made I brought 3 days ago.The older one has G .BUTLER on one side of the tang and Sheffield +A.R.T. on the other side.The other later made knife has G.BUTLER.&CO.Sheffield on the tang with nothing on the other side.just wondering if anyone could put dates on these knives.thanks. 

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George Butler became a quality producer of many types of knife in 1864 while working on Trinity Street at their Trinity works, in 1862 they moved to empty premises on Eyre Street, where Jury's Inn Hotel now stands, the key trademark was used in the same year, by 1952 they couldn't compete with the competition and were liquidated  but in the same year Ron West of Leppingtons took over the George Butler marks and revived the old company, they were based at the Cutlass Works on Sidney Street. Now the knives, I do know they were not made in the sixties so I would plump for between 1949 & 1952  the newish one is after 1947 up to 1952. On looking at the scales they look like a man made material IF they had been made before the 1950s they would have had wood scales fitted. Butlers were not making these knives when I worked there in the early seventies.

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