A well fashioned triple blade Georgian era FLEAM ( blood letting tool) made by J. FENTON & Sons of Sheffield England. Measures 3 1/4" folded with each bladed being 3" in length. We date this as around 1810-183. Some wear/ damaged to horn handle as per our pictures. Very good quality steel blades.
Fenton & Sons Cutlery were Manufacturers, The firm was founded by Joseph Fenton in 1795 and for many years was situated in Scotland Street. The company mark, a Maltese Cross with the letters W W (one inverted above the other), was granted in 1796. In the early 1870s, the business moved to the Sykes Works on Matilda Street and Eyre Street. The contemporary trade press, in its customary deferential tones, describes Fenton's Works as 'commodious', 'wellappointed', with machinery of the 'most elaborate and effective character'. Apparently, the factory was amongst the larger of the cutlery firms in Sheffield, with about 300-400 workers in the early 1890s. A three-storied block of workshops, powered by a steam-engine, produced Fenton's specialities: table- and butchers'-knives, pocket-knives and files. Sportsman's knives, Bowies, dirks and other hunting-knives were displayed in the firm's showrooms.
They traded throughout the UK, and also shipped overseas to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and China. Ireland seems to have been a particularly important market for the firm in the late nineteenth century. By the 1890s, Thomas Fenton directed the business. In 1968, this company merged with Gregory Bros to become Gregory Fenton Ltd.
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