Set of Six Tea Knives with Matching Bread Knives by Joseph Rodgers & Sons in Original Box c.1920s
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This is a stunning and highly unusual knife set produced by Joseph Rodgers & Sons and dating to the early 20th century.
The set consists of two bread or cutting knives, and six butter or tea knives. Each blade is marked with a coronet flanked by the letters ‘GR’, above the words ‘JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS CUTLERS TO HIS MAJESTY SHEFFIELD ENGLAND’ and the word ‘STAINLESS’. Judging by the style of these knives, I imagine they were made during the reign of King George V.
The handle is made from a pale-yellow striped plastic, often to imitate more expensive bone or ivory pieces at the time.
Most of the knives are still wrapped in their protective paper and show no signs of ever having been used.
They come in their original blue velvet and satin-lined box, which is quite worn on the exterior.
The largest bread knife has a length of approximately 31.0cm, the smaller has a length of about 25.1cm and each butter knife has a length of about 18.2cm.
They are in excellent condition, although as previously mentioned the case is quite worn.
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