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Antique Mappin and Webb Fish Knives with Bone Handles
A very nice set of Mappin and Webb Fish Knives with bone handles. The blades of this set are in excellent condition- all details are visible – blade is tight and handle is secure even though all have a cracks in them. Nearly all knives of this age with this type of handle have cracks in the handle. The blade is 4 ¾" long and is ¾" wide at it widest point. Overall length is 9". If you are looking for something that will set your table ware apart then you have found it. A little history: Joseph Mappin founded in 1810 a trade as engraver in Fargate, Sheffield.This concern passed to one of his sons and finally the engraving business came to an end.Another son of Joseph Mappin (he too called Joseph) carried on the business of the cutler in Sheffield (Norfolk Street). He died in 1841 and till 1846 the firm was managed by his son Frederick Thorpe Mappin who took his brothers in the business and the firm became Joseph Mappin & Co.In 1846 the business was amalgamated with that of William Samson & Sons changing to Mappin Brothers.Its partners were the founder's four sons, Frederick Thorpe Mappin, Edward Mappin, Joseph Charles Mappin and John Newton Mappin.In 1850 John Newton Mappin retired from Mappin Brothers and established a new firm originally trading under the style Mappin & Co, changed in 1863 in Mappin & Webb after an agreement to avoid confusion between the two firms' names. After 1898 the firm traded under the name Mappin & Webb Ltd.
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Louis Simpson, Wichita Falls, TX
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