The largest establishment for the manufacture of spring knives
is that of Messrs. George Wostenholm and Son Limited, whose
cutlery takes the highest rank in the United States of America.
Their commodious premises are appropriately named "Washington
Works" - the business of the firm having been formerly almost
The business was established by the late
Mr. George Wostenholm, who did a limited trade at Rockingham
Works, Rockingham-street, and afterwards removed to Washington
Works, which, as his business attained large dimensions, he from
time to time greatly extended.
In 1875 the business was transferred to a limited company with a
capital of £100,000, Mr. Wostenholm being the chairman until his
death in August, 1876, when Mr. Bernard Wake accepted the
Messrs. Wostenholm and Son are manufacturers of all kinds of
spring knives and of table cutlery, scissors, and razors.
Their corporate marks are I*XL
(granted by the Sheffield Cutlery guild in 1787.), a design of a Pipe, "Tally-ho!"
and “Congruent," all well-known and valuable marks in different
markets. The mark of the Pipe was granted as far back as 1694,
by the Cutlers' Company, and is the oldest mark upon the
Government Register for articles with a cutting edge. It was
purchased many years ago from the previous owners by Mr.
The trade of Messrs. Wostenholm and Son is chiefly foreign; they
export largely to the United States, and have also considerable
markets in Canada, Australia, the Wrest Indies, and several
European countries. They have deservedly been among our most
Mr. Wostenholm received a prize medal at the International
Exhibition of 1851; a large gold medal (the only one presented
for English cutlery) at the Paris Exhibition of 1855; and a
large gold medal at London in 1862. At the Paris Exhibition of
1867 Mr. Wostenholm was a juror, and therefore excluded from
At the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876 a medal and diploma were
awarded to the Company.