Carving knife, made in Sheffield

Contributed by Weston Park Museum Sheffield

This Sheffield knife was used by the Sioux people.  It was brought back to Sheffield by a local traveller.

This object has travelled the globe.This knife was made in Sheffield by Joseph Elliot & Sons who were founded in 1795. The firm made table knives, razors, scissors, penknives and carving knives which were exported all over the world. They had offices in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. This knife was exported to America and traded to the North American Indian Sioux tribe, who made the decorated deerskin sheath. While travelling in America during the 1850s it was collected by John Stuart Wortley, 2nd Baron of Wharncliffe based at Wortley Hall. In 1901 it was given to the Museum in Sheffield by the Earl of Wharncliffe.

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