Vintage and antique Sheffield knives and gifts made by Sheffield knife makers and silversmiths

Vintage and antique Sheffield knives have always appealed to collectors and are increasingly difficult to find. Old Penknives and pocket knives in decent condition are a rarity and some of the skills associated with there production are long gone. Not only do you see the work of the knife maker in these creations you also see the art of the silversmith. Frequently the knife body will be made in Sheffield the home of British knife making with the silver casing added in Birmingham. Some folding knives will combine items like pencils and rulers plus a variety of other tools like bottle openers. The last of the present day Sheffield knife makers do not make the vast range of multi-bladed knives that were made in Victorian times.

You still have to be 18 plus to buy these letter openers and if you see an item you would like just send us an email. All  these Sheffield made items come postage paid in the UK. They make fine Sheffield made gifts and we ship all over the world. Included with each item will be a short description of what it is and where we have managed to decipher the marks we will tell you what those are.

Most of these items come gift boxed  mostly not with there original boxes because these are long gone. Boxes may be different from the pictures shown.  Where we do not have a gift box we will tell you. The prices include postage within the UK and we will advise you of how much it will cost to post your Sheffield gift worldwide. The vintage and antique pocket and folding knives are on this page by scrolling down.


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You can bring a touch of quality to your dinner parties and today with afternoon tea using elegant cutlery and  these items will bring a touch of grandeur to your table.

Vintage knife with scissors

A multi- bladed silver knife with steel blades. 1891 otherwise the marks are indistinct. Scisssors, button hook, and blade. They all function. The size when closed is two and quarter inches. Stock number 242

Price 75

silver knife double blades
silver knife hallmarks

The silver work is 1896 Birmingham. Levi & Salaman - Phineas Harris Levi & Joseph Wolfe Salaman, Proprietors from 1878 of the Potosi Silver Co. The knife is by Blyde of Sheffield and marked on the blade Blyde. Sheffield. The blades are steel. The closed size is two and quarter inches. We do not have the original box but the knife comes boxed in a modern box. Stock number 243

Price 75

knife in case1
knife in case2

A silver fruit knife with both the blade and the body hallmarked. In original case which is scuffed on the outside but still closes. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1899. H & T  Hilliard & Tomason length of body 3 inches. No real flaws but a slight indenation on the body barely visable. A nice knife for collectors of old knives. Stock number 253.

Price 125

atkin & oxley fruit knife
atkin & oxley fruit knife hallmarks

Silver fruit knife. Hallmarked for Sheffield 1838. A & O mark for Atkin and Oxley. Founded in the 1820’s and dissolved 1841. Mother of pearl handle, overall length open five and half inches. No real flaws and opens and closes smoothly. Has a minor indented blemish in the mother of pearl. Mother of pearl was always a difficult material to work with and early examples are hard to find. Stock number 227

Price  65

paper knife2
paper knife1

Paper knife with silver ferrule. Mother of pearl handle Assay marks for Sheffield in 1904. Overall length eight and half inches. Repolished blade. Manufactured by Martin Hall & Company of Sheffield. The silver ferrule is hallmarked.       Stock number 223

Price 49

silver fruit knife with pencil

This is a small folding silver fruit knife with a retractable propelling pencil. It’s functional the knife folds away and the pencil goes up and down from a slide on the side. No lead in the pencil. Silver handle, steel blade. Overall length with the blade extended with the blade extended 3 inches. Hallmarked but difficult to read. Circa 1900. Stock number 251. Price 49

fruit knife23
fruit knive hall mark23

Fruit knife made by Cowlishaw & Co. Note the dots between the letters on the hallmark introduced between 1903 and 07. The g looks like the 1924 date. No obvious flaws. A minor crack between one of the rivets and the handle edge. Stock number 230

Price 45

Atkin fruit knife blade
Atkin fruit knife

Atkin Bros. 1901. Silver blade with mother of pearl handle. Overall length open three and half inches. Stock number 240

Price 36

fruit knife 2
fruit knife 3
fruit knife

Silver fruit knife made by John  Y. Cowlishaw. His knives are thought to be the finest mid 19th century knives. 1864 mark. Mother of pearl handle. the spring works smoothly. The Mother of Pearl has cracked on one side and been reglued. Size open 6 inches. Stock number 224

Price 55

paper knife 6

Paper knife. Silver handle. Sheffield 1946 D mark.  Harrison Brothers. Silver handle. Queens pattern. Length six and half inches. Boxed. Stock number 225.

Price  49

paper knife 44
paper knife 44a

H. Fisher & Co. Paper knife 1915 mark, silver handle.  Length seven and half inches. In good order with several minor indentations on the silver handle. Boxed. Stock number 226

Price 48

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