knife, table

knife, table

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Description
Table knife. Straight stainless steel blade with rounded tip. Blade and bolster are one piece of metal with tang, fitted into celluloid handle with straight sides and rounded butt. Metal and handle are scratched overall. Blade is warped and has small chips at tip. Handle is crazed, separating from bolster.
Blade is stamped: “X/Y/SHEFFIELD STEEL PRODUCTS LTD/SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND/FIRTH/BREARLEY/STAINLESS”
Maker is Firth Brearley Sheffield Steel Products Limited. Harry Brearley is credited with developing what is widely regarded as the first ‘rustless’ or stainless steel in 1913. Four years later, Brearley established the Firth-Brearley Stainless Steel Syndicate with Thomas Firth & Sons Limited to handle licensing Sheffield firms of stainless steel in USA, Canada, Italy, France, and Japan.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
knife, table
Object Type
cutlery
Other Terms
Knife, Table; Cutlery
date made
after 1917
place made
United Kingdom: England, Sheffield, Sheffield
Physical Description
metal, steel (overall material)
plastic, celluloid (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 9 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 1.27 cm x 23.1775 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
1986.0531.060
accession number
1986.0531
catalog number
1986.0531.060
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I think you may be mixing two companies together here. Sheffield Steel Products Limited existed before hand and had a trade mark SSP. It was not unusual for them to produce tools, or blades of forged steel, for use in other products, and included the makers name in their die stamp on the metal component. It would probably have been sensible of Thomas Firth to have outsourced the early production of his blades to them. I can remember these knives in particular from my childhood. They were hard to keep sharp and the handles chipped easily. I liked them though!

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