Large bowie knife with heavy 10 3/4" clip point blade, maker's name double stamped and difficult to

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Large bowie knife with heavy 10 3/4  clip point blade, maker's name double stamped and difficult to

Large bowie knife with heavy 10 3/4" clip point blade, maker's name double stamped and difficult to read, but mark of a snake in a figure 8 is visible. … CONSIGNOR ID # …B14 ... CUT AND PASTE THIS LINK IN YOUR BROWSER TO GO TO THE INFO AVAILABLE ON THE WEB --- https://hawleysheffieldknives.com/n-fulldetails.php?val=k&kel=818 --- POSSIBLEY MADE BY S. & J. KITCHIN LTD... This branch of the Kitchin (or Kitchen) family came from Calver Bridge, Derbyshire (not from Nottinghamshire, as Himsworth, 1953, suggested). The key individuals were Samuel Kitchin (1821-1866) and John Kitchin (1839-1894). They were the sons of John Kitchin (1798-1841), a miller and landowner, and his wife Hannah née White (1797-1867). (Information from Cocker family tree, Ancestry.co.uk) Samuel moved to Sheffield – apparently by 1841 – and began pursuing a variety of jobs as hardware merchant, clerk, grocer, and razor manufacturer in Porter Street. Apparently, he founded the firm in 1853 at Tom Cross Lane. Samuel operated at Argyle Works, Hollis Croft. In 1861, when he was listed as a Bowie knife maker at 22 Hollis Croft, he employed 40 men and 10 boys. By 1864, the workforce was over 70. Samuel Kitchin, ‘table knife manufacturer’, died at Nelson Place, Glossop Road, on 11 April 1866, aged 45, and was buried in an unconsecrated grave in the General Cemetery. He left under £3.000. Samuel’s widow, Anne, was listed for a time as a partner (when she died in 1896, aged 74, she left £14,976). But John Kitchin also became partner in the firm – which was restyled S. & J. Kitchin – and he eventually assumed control. In 1868, Kitchin was granted the snake mark, with the letters ‘XCD’. The firm relocated to Soho Cutlery Works, 13 Summerfield Street, which was near the General Cemetery in the Porter Valley. During the 1860s and 1870s, S. & J. Kitchin regularly advertised in Sheffield directories. Table and butchers’ knives were a speciality, but Kitchin also manufactured Bowie and hunting knives, machetes, daggers, palette, shoe, saladero knives, pocket cutlery, and razors. More trade marks were acquired, including the ‘FAME’ mark (granted in 1772); the word ‘DURATION’ (again with a snake, which had once been owned by Frederic Barnes); and the ‘SUPERLATIVE’ mark (acquired from Unwin & Rodgers). Under John Kitchin, the workforce grew from 123 in 1871 to 205 (130 men, 57 boys, 12 women, and 6 girls) in 1881. However, at the start of 1894, John suffered some kind of ‘brain mischief’ (probably a stroke), which caused his death at Clifford, Psalter Lane, on 22 July 1894, aged 62. The Sheffield Independent commented that he had been ‘largely instrumental in building up [Kitchin’s] cutlery business … [and] … for several years he bore the burden of the business himself’. He left £26,249. Samuel’s son, William Henry Kitchin (1851-1900), was the next in line. But he died on 28 January 1900, aged 48, at Drigg in Cumberland, leaving £10,763. His brother, Thomas Edward Kitchin (1858-1917) – who had managed Derwent Steel Works at Soho Street – became senior partner, alongside Harry Kitchin (1869-1940), who was descended from John. Thomas Edward and Harry were joined briefly by William Kitchin (c.1856-1923?), who was a nephew of John. This arrangement ended in 1916. Thomas Edward died on 15 January 1917, aged 59, at Grange Court, Ashland Road. A Catholic and Conservative, he was buried in City Road Cemetery. He left £9,861 and a son – George Ernest Matthew Kitchin (1890-1975) – in the business. In 1919, Kitchin’s was managed by the latter and Harry, thereby maintaining the two family lines from Samuel and John. After the First World War, Kitchin’s was amongst a delegation of Sheffield cutlery manufacturers that travelled to Solingen to inspect German mass-production techniques. In 1927, the firm became a private limited company with £12,000 capital. By 1938, Kitchin’s had moved to a factory in Heeley at Broadfield and Saxon Road (Ironmonger, 28 May 1938). Harry Kitchin, Greystones Road, died at The Royal Hospital on 29 July 1940, leaving £21,976. Kitchin’s also owned G.A. Close Youle & Co Ltd (acquired in 1924) and Snake Brand Products Ltd. In the 1950s, the company continued to produce a variety of trade knives and had a large business in machetes with African tribesmen. It also manufactured hoe blades and cultivator parts. But in 1957, Kitchin’s knife interests were acquired by Ralph Martindale & Co Ltd, the Birmingham machete makers, which also acquired J. & J. Beal. In 1960, Kitchin abandoned cutlery manufacture (apart from machine knives) and concentrated on making agricultural machine parts in Chesterfield. The Kitchin family sold out in 1987 and later operated a steel stock business in Dronfield.