This page documents my efforts to collect razors from the makers listed in the early directories of Sheffield – published in 1774 (Sketchley’s) and 1787 (Gales & Martin).
Birks, William and John.
Norfolk-street. William Birks is listed as being Master Cutler in 1795.
Horn. Sheffield, c. 1800.
Non-original wood. Sheffield, 18th century.
Brittain, Wilkinson & Brownell.
Tortoise. c. 1780s.
Piquee horn. Sheffield, post-1800.
Horn. Sheffield, 18th century.
Back-lane. Sketchley’s directory shows an entry for an R with a crescent as belonging to Elizabeth Rowland of Churchlane, however the crescent is upside down compared to this one. This mark appears in the 1787 directory under Rowland, Widow, Back-lane. I’m not yet sure as to the difference.
Horn. c. 1780s.
Tortoise. Sheffield, late 18th century.
Far-gate. Horn. Sheffield, likely post-1800. Benjamin Withers is listed as being Master Cutler in 1794.
Smith, Georgius. Scotland (street). Pressed horn. Sheffield, likely 1780s.
Warburton, William. Horn. Sheffield, likely pre-1774.
Sketchley’s directory lists the LISBON (with cross) mark as belonging to Thomas Warburton. I believe this is his father.