Knife and fork, made by William Greaves, Sheffield England. The mark, Wm. Greaves & Sons, dates this piece to 1816 - 1823. The knife is 9 1/8", the fork is 6 3/8". The metal is steel, and both have hand carved ox bone handles. They are in very good condition, as found. No polish or restoration has been done. They come from an old home in the Philadelphia area.
William Greaves created the first large scale cutlery factory in Sheffield in 1832, relying on the newly opened canal in the are for both power and transportation of rare goods and finished items. Greaves made his fortune in razors, cutlery and knives, much of which was exported to America. The company dissolved in 1850.
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