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In the early days the company was known for a wide range of silver plated trinkets and cutlery and the like. Possibly they succeeded to William Ainsworth (active in 1872 at Ford Street, Birmingham) 1849-1855 1855-1872 JAMES ALLAN & COJAMES ALLANSheffield Active in Sheffield from 1849 to 1872 as manufacturer of Britannia Metal wares.
Adie started the business in 1890 at Lion Works in Warston Lane, Birmingham. The partnership was dissolved in 1895 and the business was continued under the same style solely by William Ainsworth.
Cutlery is more usually known as silverware or flatware in the United States, where cutlery usually means knives and related cutting instruments.
Although the term silverware is used irrespective of the material composition of the utensils, the term tableware has come into use to avoid the implication that they are made of silver.
That's why the hallmarks are often squashed and distorted and become more easily rubbed and worn.
From c.1780 onwards the Assay Office stamped table silver near the top of the stem as opposed to on the stem just below the bowl, and hallmarks are generally much clearer because there is more space on which to strike them.
Before the 18th century the only items of table silver made in any quantity were spoons; plates and knives were set on the table, food was cut with the knife and eaten with one’s personal spoon (or fingers).
Silver forks were introduced from France in the mid 17th century but are rare prior to the 18th century.
Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in the Western world.
The major items of cutlery in the Western world are the knife, fork and spoon.
In recent times, hybrid versions of cutlery have been made combining the functionality of different eating implements, including the spork (spoon / fork), spife (spoon / knife), and knork (knife / fork) or the sporf which combines all three.
Sheffield Baguette (click image) A classic French interpretation of the ribbed Rattail feature.
It was created in 1929 and accentuates the strength of the continental shape.