The treasures of the Cutlers’ Hall will on display for all to see when the Cutlers’ Company opens its famous stainless steel doors for its third annual open day.
Entrance is free – as are the guided tours – while those who prefer can explore the hall using a self-guide leaflet.
The permanent exhibits and collections of silver, paintings and cutlery will be on display, as will the private rooms and public halls. The hall is a private building owned by the Company of Cutlers and is maintained without public money .
Such is the importance of this occasion to the Company that some Members of the Company and the archivist will be on hand to answer questions and a video of the Cutlers’ Company’s contribution to World War 1 will be screened throughout the day.
The Master Cutler, Tony Pedder, said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors once again to the general public. Our open days have proved very popular – even last year when the bad weather caused much of the region to close down, hundreds of people travelled to the Hall to enjoy what is part of their heritage.
“Among many wonderful items, the Cutlers’ Hall houses Harry Brearley’s first stainless steel knives, the magnificent 74-bladed Norfolk Knife for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and a piece of silver assayed in Sheffield for every year since the Assay Office opened in 1773.
“It also contains some items with interesting stories attached including panelling and electroliers similar to those on the Titanic – as they came off her sister ship the RMS Olympic.
“There will also be a large polished turtle shell to find out about. It is all that remains of the turtle who bit the chef on its way to the cooking pot!”
The chef was about to prepare a turtle soup for a Cutlers’ Feast.
Green turtles were imported live from the West Indies in fresh water tanks in the 1800s, when turtle soup was an extremely popular first course for the fashionable and wealthy.
The doors of the Cutlers’ Hall will be thrown open to the public at 10am on Saturday, September 13, with the final tour at 2.30pm prior to the 4pm close. Parties of over 10 should call in advance.