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Handy Pocket Knife

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A pocket knife, fashioned as an arm and hand from a single piece of mother of pearl with the fine steel blade set within. The blade stamped W R, perhaps for William IV, above the name HURST.  

As a point of interest, a Francis John Hurst (1878-1957), worked as a pearl and ivory fluter in Cambridge Street (Sheffield) and when he retired he was probably the last Little Mester working at this skilled craft. A 'little Mester' was a self-employed worker who rented space in a factory or worked from their own workshop. They were involved in the making of cutlery or other smallish items; the term used almost exclusively to describe such craftsmen of the Sheffield area. Perhaps Francis John Hurst was descended from the Hurst named on this blade.

English circa 1840. 

3 1/8 in long

Item Code: 3115

£ 285

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