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RMS TITANIC AND OTHER INFORMATION

ORIGIN INFORMATION & VALUATIONS
Many people around the world have Sheffield made cutlery in their possession. We often receive enquiries about the origin of a particular brand of cutlery or about a certain cutlery company. We are often asked to provide valuations of items which people own.

We just do not have the resources here to provide you with a valuation service but we can now refer you to a professional firm of valuers. Fees are modest and you may consider it well worth getting your cutlery, flatware, silverware and any number of other similar products properly assessed. You would not wish to be under-insured nor to be asking too low a price should you contemplate selling your collection.

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You should be ready with images and descriptions of your items and the photos should be ready to upload to the valuers' web site. This is a simple process if you know where the images are saved on your computer.

EBAY
Cutlery is usually always on sale on EBay and you may wish to check asking prices on that site. These will give you a guide to second-hand cutlery values. Cutlery on EBay.

REFERENCE BOOKS
You may be seeking information which could be documented in various books to which we can refer you. See the Cutlery Bookshop.

HALLMARKS
There are 4 Assay Offices in the UK. These offices control the regulation of silver quality and content in manufactured items. To learn more about hallmarking on your silver goods, click on the links below:-

A European Union directive in 2003 sought to put an end to hallmarking. Fortunately, this is now off the agenda and, for now, a 700 year old system of guaranteeing the quality of silver has been safeguarded.

COMPANY INFORMATION
The Sheffield cutlery industry is much smaller than it used to be and there have been many name changes or mergers with other companies. If you need to contact a particular company, try Thompsons Directory which is said to contain names, addresses and telephone numbers of UK businesses. A marking of "Sheffield" or "Made in Sheffield" could mean any one from dozens of companies in this city.

It is possible that the company may have ceased trading altogether. There is a good resource of company information which you can access here - Companies House. Look on your cutlery for the name of the manufacturers and use that name on the Companies House site to try to discover their whereabouts.

Maybe you could try the Cutlery & Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA) which has a web site. Or see details here of how to contact British Cutlery & Silverware Association (BCSA). British Cutlery and Silverware Association, Light Trades House, 3 Melbourne Avenue, Sheffield, S10 2QJ. Tel: 0114 2663084.

Sheffield Library may help but they are very busy and your answer may be delayed somewhat. It is often possible for you to find out the information from other sources more easily, and with less delay. As a last resort, though, you could try an enquiry by email to Sheffield Library where you may find data, or try the Sheffield Help Yourself Database which has information on groups and organisations.

LOOKING FOR A DISCONTINUED PATTERN?
Please check our page here for Rare Items which may have been discontinued. We can assist you with patterns from the Elkington, James Dixon and Frank Cobb lines. If the cutlery pattern you are seeking is discontinued or not displayed there, try the links at the bottom of that page for those hard to find patterns and discontinued lines.

TITANIC & WHITE STAR LINE?
We often get enquiries from people regarding items said to be from the Titanic or from the White Star Line and asking if we can authenticate them. We are unable to do this. We urge caution when dealing with people who claim that a particular item is from the White Star Line which included the Titanic. Whilst it is true that Elkington and Arthur Price supplied the White Star Line many years ago, it is not possible to state whether a given item was used, and on which ship. We are aware of copies being produced since then. Whether your item is a copy or not, we are not qualified to say.
Anyone interested in the Titanic may wish to contact The Titanic Corporation, last known address: 2 Hungerfield Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, West Midlands, N36 9SD, UK (we have no web or email address).
We can offer you cutlery of the same pattern (with White Star Line logo). The pattern is Panel Reed and is available on our Titanic Cutlery page.
If you are seeking a variety of RMS Titanic memorabilia, try this link:

RMS Titanic artefacts on EBay

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