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Tools, Knife, curved, Sheffield c1900

From the Collection of City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum) Joyce Park Jasper Road Ormond Victoria

Description
Heavy duty curved steel knife with a wide blade encased in 2 thick leather straps secured with steel rivets
Size
Blade 10cm x 3cm ; Handle 11cm x 4cm
Object Registration
01398
Keywords
knives, sheffield steel, oxley james ltd. , leatherworkers, saddles, horses, bootmakers, shoes, boots, builders, carpenters, early settlers, market gardeners, blacksmiths, tools, building equipment, hammers, moorabbin shire, bentleigh, mckinnon, highett, cheltenham,mcewan james pty ltd, melbourne, bunnings pty ltd,
Historical information
John Oxley was a shoe and butchers’ knife manufacturer, who was listed in Whitecroft UK in 1822 . By 1825, he was based in Hollis Croft. John apparently died in about 1837. He had two sons – George (1808-1879) and James (1811-1881) who took over the business. George moved to Indianna, USA and in 1868 James continued to manufacture 'Cooks’ and palette knives and steels"
Oxley’s trade mark was a butcher’s knife crossed with a sharpening steel (and the letters ‘JO’). The firm stayed in the family until 1960.
Early settlers were self reliant and repaired their own equipment for kitchen,dairy, farm, horses, carts using various tools .
When Made
20thC
Significance
This strong steel knife is typical of the type used by early settlers in Moorabbin Shire c1900
Inscriptions & Markings
Blade ; James Oxley with Trade Mark - a butcher’s knife crossed with a sharpening steel (and the letters ‘JO’).
scratched into leather handle ; J EVANS
Last updated
7 Aug 2020 at 2:37PM