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Vintage, antique and other classic Sheffield pocket knives, silver fruit knives and gifts made by Sheffield knife makers and silversmiths

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Vintage and antique Sheffield pocket knives and silver fruit 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 knives 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 antique and vintage Sheffield made gifts and we ship all over the world. Antique and vintage folding knives come with tarnishing and various age related issues but the craftsmanship displayed in some of these folding knives is seldom replicated today.

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. You can view he vintage and antique pocket and folding knives on this page by scrolling down.

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Vintage knife with scissors


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

Price 95

Cowlishaw fruit knife

Price 95 SOLD

John Y. Cowlishaw 1894 mark. Silver fruit knife with engraved blades on one side as shown. Silver scales engraved on one side and engine turned embellishments on the other. Silver marks on the blades and grips. Overall length with blade extended five inches. This is an elegant Sheffield made fruit knife. Stock number 971

A & N Sheffield fruit knife
A & N Sheffield hallmark

1894 Sheffield fruit knife - makers mark A&N Mother of pearl grips with no cracks. Very nice condition overall. Size opened. Five and half inches. Stock number 86.

Price 45

williamson penknife
Williamson hallmarks1

1902 Sheffield folding knife made for H. Williamson Ltd of 81 Farringdon Road, London. Overall length open 6 inches. Mechanism still works ok and with some nice hand file work on the back edge. Stock number 334

Price 95 SOLD

Fruit knife Jn Nowill
Fruit knife hallmarkJN

Sheffield made Silver folding fruit knife. Jn. Nowill partner with W. Nowill. Hallmarked 1828. Mother of pearl side with each side having a crack. Stock number 333

Price 75

Early Sheffield fruit knife
Early Sheffield fruit knife hallmark

Sheffield made Silver folding fruit knife in nice condition. No cracks in the mother of pearl. Circa 1810. Wear to the chromium plating as shown. Stock number 87

Price 75

Mills Sheffield penknife
Sheffield hallmark

Price 45

W. Mills & Son Sheffield folding knife with steel blades and silver scales. Hallmarked as shown with engine turned decoration. 1971 date mark. Size with blades open 6 inches. Stock number 803 sold

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For new Sheffield made knives in a range of materials and every one unique click on the image above

Josep Rogers penknife
joseph rogers hallmark

Silver engine turned grips with stainless steel blades. Joseph Rogers penknife with stainless steel blades. Sheffield made with datemark for 1934. Overall length with both blades open 7 inches. Stock number  801 SOLD

Price 45

Sampson Morden penknife
Sampson Morden hallmark

Sampson Morden & Co, Sheffield hallmark M 1929. Folding knife. Mother of pearl sides. Silver hallmarked blade. Closed length. Three and half inches. Stock number 445

Price 55 SOLD

Tea Caddy Spoons 300

We have a range of silver items including Scottish silver, silver caddy spoons and other items including items made using historic materials which can be seen by clicking on the image above.

Thomas Nowill fruit knife
Thomas Nowill hall mark

This fruit knife is circa 1803. The mark existed between 1800 and 1825. Thomas Nowill & Co mark subsequently John Nowill & Sons. Finely engraved mother of pearl without cracks or blemishes. Five inches long. Stock number 69

Price 125

1895 Cowlishaw fruit knife
Cowlishaw fruit knife hallmark

John Yeomans Cowlishaw Sheffield made fruit knife. 1895 Engraved mother of pearl grips. No cracks. Overall size 6 inches. Stock number 70

Price 60

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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 40 SOLD

Francis Howard, Sheffield fruit knife
Francis Howard, Sheffield silver mark


Silver folding fruit knife. Mother of pearl handles engraved with previous owners initials. 1924 by Francis Howard of Sheffield. Stock number 446

White Henderson fruit knife
White Henderson hall marks

White Henderson & Co, Elcho Works, Burgess Street, Sheffield. 1873 Sheffield made silver  fruit knife with sculpted mother of pearl grips. No cracks in the mother of pearl. Overall length five and half inches. Stock number 67

Price 55 SOLD

James Deakin paper knife
James Deakin hallmark

Remember the price includes postage within the UK and the items are gift boxed.

James Deakin of Sheffield paper knife with folding knife. The hallmark is Chester 1900. It’s JD over WD for John & William Deakin. Silver scales steel blade. Size fully open six and a half inches. Stock number 807 SOLD

Price 39

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Mappin & Webb knife
Mappin knife

Hallmark for Thomas Marple of 41 Arundel Street, Sheffield. Three blades one of silver and two of steel. One of the steel blades stamped Mappin & Webb. The grips are horn. Rust is present mainly on the spring back. It’s a small elegant folding knife which has seen little use and the blades open and close with a snap. The length with the blades closed is 3 1/2 inches. 1889 date. Stock number 810

Price 105 SOLD

Lee Enfield knife

The knife above commemorates the 100th Anniversary of World War One. Our range of traditionally made pocket and folding knives made with grips from Lee Enfield rifle butts are on our other web site http://www.typenet.com

Double blades Nowill & Sons
John Nowill & Sons 1913

Double bladed fruit knife. John Nowill & Sons 1912. One blade finely engraved the other blade dirty with several edge chips. Stock number 71

Price 55 SOLD

Click here for more Vintage Sheffield Made Fruit Knives

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Using metal from WW2 Spitfires and other historic planes and ships we have created a series of cufflinks and keyrings each of which is unique. Because of the limited availability of the metal each piece is only made in limited quantities. Click on the image to go to our other web site to view these historic pieces.

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For the Queens Platinum Anniversary we have the Coronation Crown set in teak stored by the Royal Navy for sixty years as replacement decking for the Royal Yacht. The item comes gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity on handmade paper. You can go to the web site with this fine Royal Commemorative item on by clicking on the image left.

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rasoir.uk has a range of fine vintage and antique shaving products including cut throat straight razors and other wet shaving products. Click on the image to see them.

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Sheffield has a proud history of steel making and cutlery production - click on the Sheffield made logo left for a short history of it’s knife making

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