Cutlers’ treasures on display at Hall public open day

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The treasures of the Cutlers’ Hall will on display for all to see when the Cutlers’ Company opens its famous stainless steel doors for its third annual open day.

Entrance is free – as are the guided tours – while those who prefer can explore the hall using a self-guide leaflet.

The permanent exhibits and collections of silver, paintings and cutlery will be on display, as will the private rooms and public halls.

The hall is a private building owned by the Company of Cutlers and is maintained without public money .

Members of the company and the archivist will be on hand to answer questions.

The Master Cutler, Tony Pedder, said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors once again to the general public. Our open days have proved very popular - even last year when the bad weather caused much of the region to close down.

“Among many wonderful items, the Cutlers’ Hall houses Harry Brearley’s first stainless steel knives, the magnificent 74-bladed Norfolk Knife for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and a piece of silver assayed in Sheffield for every year since the Assay Office opened in 1773.

“It also contains some items with interesting stories attached including panelling and electroliers similar to those on the Titanic – as they came off her sister ship the RMS Olympic – as well as a large polished turtle shell - all that remains of the turtle who bit the chef on its way to the cooking pot!”

The doors will open at 10am on Saturday, September 13, with the final tour at 2.30pm prior to the 4pm close.