In 1700 there were 36 water powered wheels in the valleys surrounding Sheffield, but by 1800 this had increased to 97.
While silver and Britannia metal items were popular, the discovery of Old Sheffield Plate by Thomas Boulsover in 1743 was a great commercial success.
It was only after this that the secret to making blister steel was discovered.
Iron was heated with charcoal in a cementation furnace for about a week, which allowed the metal to carbonize.
These powers were reduced in 1814, and the Cutlers’ Company was only allowed to register cutlers’ marks after this date.
In Sheffield, before 1650 steel had to be imported from Sweden.
This symbol which is now well-known all over the world is thus one of the oldest trademarks in the world.
In 1624 an Act of Incorporation was passed in Parliament, establishing the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.
They had control over apprenticeships, admitting freemen, registering cutlers’ marks and regulating the quality of cutlery produced.
In Nogent and the surrounding region, cutlery-making is an ancestral skill, which dates back to the 14th century.
Nowadays, the cutlery-makers of the Nogent basin keep this tradition alive by offering top-of-the-range knives for trade and private customers.
When it comes to antique sterling silver flatware, age is not everything.