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Picture puzzle: can you guess what any of this Sheffield-made cutlery was used for?

A Sheffield cutlery expert has posed a fun picture quiz for Retro readers.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 2:21 pm

Nick Duggan is the project leader for Name on a Knife Blade, launched by the Hawley Tool Collection at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield.

Nick writes: “The launch of the Digital Knife Wall has been postponed until a later date, but if you want a sneak preview, visit to see if you have your surname on a Sheffield knife.

“If you want to follow the project, you can also join the Name on a Knife Blade Facebook group.

“I thought I would share a few unusual items that might have adorned a Victorian table.

“Why did the Victorians have so many different items to choose from? Was it the clever Sheffield cutlery firms persuading people that they needed that extra item to impress the family and neighbours?

“See if you can identify the use of these items. At least half were made in Sheffield and two of them are real mystery objects as yet to be identified.”

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