About us

Welcome to William Turner Master Cutlers Sheffield 

1887 was a significant year. Queen Victoria and the country celebrated a Golden Jubilee, the 50th year of her reign. Sheffield was at the heart of a booming industrial era. In was in this year that William Turner started a business smelting and refining gold and silver. The company quickly expanded into rolling other metals and manufacturing cutlery. In the 1930’s the company designed two of the classic Sheffield patterns, Jesmond and Harley, which are still copied worldwide to this day.

The William Turner name lives on and the company continues to supply the highest quality Sheffield cutlery in hallmarked sterling silver, silver plate and 18/10 stainless steel. Each piece is individually guaranteed for the lifetime of the purchaser and our patterns are timeless, possessing elegance and quality that will never die.

All our cutlery is made to order, so you will know that your order will have been made exclusively for you. You will have something that will provide you with a lifetime of pleasure and will serve for generations to come.

Metals

Sterling Silver

This contains 925 parts of pure silver out of 1000. The remaining alloy contains material such as copper to make it more malleable. Each piece is independently tested by the Sheffield assay office, one of only four in the country. The hallmark stamped into each piece contains five symbols – the manufacturer’s mark, fineness mark, the official symbol of the Sheffield assay office (a Yorkshire rose), the traditional symbol of 92.5% quality sterling silver (a lion passant) and a year letter confirming the year in which the piece was hallmarked.

Silver Plate

Otherwise known as EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver). The mixture of copper and zincs with 10% nickel produces the finest alloy providing strength and durability and also provides the best adhesion for electroplating. Our pieces are plated to 20 microns which is guaranteed for the life of the purchaser.

18/10 Stainless Steel

A Sheffield metallurgist Harry Brearley invented stainless steel in 1914 and this has proved extremely popular for spoons and forks as well as knife blades. The 18/10 comes from the two main additives to iron that make it stainless – 18% crome and 10% nickel. There are also other trace element including manganese, carbon and silicone.