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Norfolk Knife' and Sam Holmes, manager of  Joseph Rodgers and Sons Ltd.

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Ref No:s10107
Title:Norfolk Knife' and Sam Holmes, manager of Joseph Rodgers and Sons Ltd.
Location:Sheffield
Date Period:Please select
Photographer:Central Office of Information
Copyright:Crown Copyright
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Height 34" Width 22" At the great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace, London was exhibited this "Norfolk Knife", a celebrated sporting knife which took craftsman William Barnforth two years to make. Here, one of the 75 blades and instruments is being inspected by Mr. Sam Holmes, manager of the Penknife Dept., at Joseph Rodgers & Sons Ltd. The scales are magnificently carved in Manila pearl, one depicting a boar hunt and the other a stag hunt. Many of the blades are etched or chased with hunting scenes, notable buildings and famous people. April 1957 After 1878 it was kept at the Norfolk Works, in 1960's the "Norfolk Knife" was auctioned at Southeby's in 1969 and bought by the Sheffield silverplate firm, Cooper Bros., who placed it on permanent loan at Cutlers Hall.

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