A Sheffield Workhouse Table Knife

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scagel
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A Sheffield Workhouse Table Knife

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In England, for centuries, if you were poor, disabled, a debtor, a destitute widow or waif, you wound up in a 'Workhouse'. Possibly for the rest of your natural life. We all recall David Copperfield and his lament; "Please, I want some more (food)"..So this one is a knife I would never sell. Purchased in London, years ago, on Brick Lane for several shillings (then). Tapered tang, cross worked bone handles and a short sharp edge for cutting, with the chilling word 'Workhouse'. Dates to the 1840's or a tad earlier
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jim d,
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Re: A Sheffield Workhouse Table Knife

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Interesting old piece of cutlery, thanks for sharing.

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Jackalope
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Re: A Sheffield Workhouse Table Knife

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Pretty cool handle.
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