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"In England the name 'Sheffield' has long been synonymous with fine-quality steel, no more so than in the early nineteenth century when the town, though seeming to possess few advantages for the manufacture of steel, virtually monopolized the industry in Europe.

In contrast, the United States before 1860 was still in the age of wood and iron, relying almost exclusively on England for supplies of cast steel.  No better example illustrates the Anglo-American relationship termed the Atlantic economy."

Geoffrey Tweedale,
Sheffield Steel and America:
A Century of Commercial and
Technological Interdependence,
1830–1930
(Cambridge, 1987).

Major Steelmakers

Key Personalities in UK Toolmaking

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Joseph Rodgers' Cutlery

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers
1740-2013

2nd Edition

In the 19th century, Joseph Rodgers & Sons in Sheffield was the most famous cutlery firm in the world. Its mark - the Star and Maltese Cross - was the most prestigious (and most imitated). Rodgers' is one of hundreds of enterprises profiled and illustrated in Tweedale's Directory.

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