Sheffield, 19th Century


Mother-of-pearl handles with an inset gold oblong shield on one side and a crest shield on the other. Four gold Yorkshire rose rivets on each side. Gold top bolsters finely engraved with scrolls and flourishes. Thirteen folding elements, including assorted blades, a corkscrew, a button hook, a screwdriver and cigar fork, and three concealed pull-out elements, including tweezers, a pricker and a lancet. Stamped marks for Rodgers, including "Joseph Rodgers & Sons", "J. Rodgers & Sons", "Rodgers Cutlers to Her Majesty" and "No. 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield", and with the Star and Maltese cross trademark.
Length 4.5".
Condition: No significant wear or damages noted.

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  • Provenance:
    The Property of a Gentleman: The Estate of Peter Goldstein.

    A similar example, with silver fittings rather than gold, is illustrated in Sheffield Exhibition Knives by Bill Claussen, et al (Salem, Ore.: Old World Publishing, Ltd., 1999), p. 36-37.

    Identical copies of this knife are said to have been made for the Duke of Rutland and President Ulysses S. Grant.

    Joseph Rodgers & Sons, founded in 1682 in Sheffield, was one of the largest and most prolific cutlery manufacturers in England. Their Six-pointed Star and Maltese cross trademark was registered in 1764, and in 1821 the company was granted title of Cutlers to the Royal family, a Royal warrant they would hold for five successive sovereigns – George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward II and George V.

    It was around this time they opened their first showroom, a proud display of their extensive range of pocketknives, razors, table cutlery and scissors, as well as their two famous exhibition knives, the Year Knife, with a blade added for each year of Christendom, and the 75-blade Norfolk Knife, made for the 1851 Great Exhibition, with blades elaborately etched or chased with hunting scenes or views of notable people and buildings. The showrooms were lavishly appointed and drew patrons from around the globe.

    The firm grew to be Sheffield's largest cutlery factory, known for its superior quality, and exported products internationally. Notably, George Custer is said to have given a Rodgers hunting knife to Buffalo Bill.

    Despite robust overseas trade, Rodgers & Sons underwent several changes in ownership throughout the 20th Century before the rights to the name and trademark were purchased by Egginton in 1986.

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