In 1887 the country celebrated Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, 50 years as Queen. One in four of the world’s population was a subject of the crown. William Gladstone was a prominent politician when William Turner started a business in Sheffield smelting and refining gold and silver. The company quickly expanded into rolling other metals and manufacturing cutlery. The majority of the company’s early production was supplied to other cutlers for finishing and sale under their own name. In essence, William Turner was the “cutlers’ cutler”.
William Turner founded the company in 1887 with his close friend Mr R.J. Brown. The company was first engaged in the refining and smelting of precious metals. William Turner had close links with the Sheffield community – he was a director of the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and became Sheffield Lord Mayor elect in 1906 shortly before his death. He was succeeded by his son William Glasier Turner O.B.E, who was also a Director and Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.
In the early 1930′s the company designed two of the classic Sheffield patterns Jesmond and Harley which are still, to this day, copied worldwide.
William Turner’s tradition as a master cutler lives on and the company continues to produce the highest quality Sheffield cutlery in Hallmarked Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Stainless Steel. Each and every piece is individually guaranteed for the lifetime of the purchaser and all the patterns featured on this Website are timeless, possessing an elegance and quality that will never date.
Remember, there’s cutlery and there’s William Turner Cutlery, and by choosing Sheffield’s best, you are making an investment that will not only provide you with a lifetime of pleasure, but will serve generations to come.
There are many companies claiming to sell Sheffield Cutlery, but make sure it is actually made in Sheffield. William Turner supplies ONLY cutlery wholly made in Sheffield. Any company other than William Turner making this claim, may only ‘finish’ the cutlery in Sheffield. If they claim that it is wholly made in Sheffield, they may not be telling the truth.