British Army Boer War Campaign Cutlery Set

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A good late-19th Century British Army Boer War Campaign Cutlery Set.  The cutlery set comprises a knife and fork that fit into a hardwood case.  It is very typical of the kind of personal equipment that both officers and men would have carried amongst their own personal effects whilst on campaign duty.  The presence of a number of Victorian (Queen Victoria) crowns to the blade indicates that this was probably carried during the Boer War (1899-1902) or certainly no later than the First World War.  It is also marked that it was made in Sheffield, England.  During the 19th Century and 20th Century, Sheffield, England was the centre of blade making and produced huge quantities of knives edged cutlery that was sold throughout the world.  This would have been made in one of the numerous knife and blade making workshops of the city.

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The city gained a reputation for high quality and innovation in blade making. This is a good example of this workmanship. and in fine condition.  Overall length of the knife and fork when inside the wooden case is 8 inches.

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