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Richardson, M. T. - Practical Blacksmithing


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E. & F. N. Spon

Thomas Tredgold

Joseph V. Woodworth

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Joseph Rodgers' Cutlery

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

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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