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Set 6 Dinner Knives


A set of 6 table knives, each blade marked "Richard Mather & Son Est 1859".

A plate of good food is lost without a good knife and fork.  Well-proportioned, well-balanced and beautifully designed flatware is a joy to use and is the making of a good meal.  Our vintage ‘bone-handled’ knives are both good-looking and functional, and their renewed popularity make them a stylish addition on today’s table. Our knives have ivorine handles fashioned from xylonite, and have high-polished stainless steel blades.  This elegant style of flatware was made from 1920 through to the 1950s in Sheffield England, which was then the heart of the world’s cutlery industry.


Established in Sheffield in 1859 by Huguenot tool maker Richard Mather (c.1827-1892), the business started off manufacturing nippers and pliers, then engineers’ tools.  His son – also named Richard (1858-1946) – took over the firm, which by 1900 had grown and moved into bigger premises.  It became ‘& Son’, when Richard’s son, Harold (1885-1965), became partner. By the 1940s it had switched from tools to butchers’, bread, shoe, and palette knives.  It also sold scissors and flatware, which became a speciality. See image.

Length: 24.5cm

Country of origin: England

Year of manufacture: 1930 - 1950

Each blade marked: Richard Mather & Son Est 1859

Material: stainless steel and xylonite

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Is this a gift?

Our very handsome gift box (see image) will turn your generosity into something extra-special. To add to your order click here, and your cutlery will arrive beautifully wrapped and parcelled with our hallmark oval blue sticker.  We can also add a name tag and any message you would like included.