Insight to the 1890’s

Tea, concert and ball newspaper

At the SHH&M new premises, where we are currently “Hacking the space”, as well as having found the knives, we have also found multiple sections of newspapers, ranging from the later part of the early 19th century to early 20th century (see photo). Many of these were actually fashioned into a wrapping, held together with a single length of tied string, which look to have been used to cover the knife blades. The advantage of these is that the newspaper clippings are relatively well preserved. Other pieces of newspaper have been rolled up into balls and are less easy to read.

Among the items that could be read was a flyer for the Sheffield Table Blade Grinders’ Association “Tea, Concert and Ball” on Thursday 31st December, in Lower Cutlers’ Hall. Unfortunately, a section on the left hand side has been removed, but what remains tells of “Tea at 5 o’clock, including Ham, Tongue and Beef Sandwiches, Pork Pie, &C., of the finest quality”. This will be followed by the concert at 7 o’clock, with performances from Mr F Barraclough (a Comic) and Mr H Ashmore (a Tenor), as well some acrobats.

newspapers crumpled

Prices for the event were 1/6 for Gentlemen and 1/3 for Ladies as perhaps they didn’t eat as much, given that tickets for just the Concert and Ball were 1/- each.
Janine

2 thoughts on “Insight to the 1890’s

  1. Interesting! If you find anything mentioning the Tyzacks in the older clippings, I’d love a pic. My Tyzack ancestors were silversmiths/cutlers in Sheffield 🙂

    • Hi Dan, We’ll certainly have a look through! What we have is very fragmented and not all legible so we can’t promise much, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

      One of our members has plans to take photos of it all; we’ll put them on the blog at some point (and I’ll try to remember to email you!), so you can have a look yourself, too.

      –Bugs

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