Mappin Brothers


The Queen's Cutlery Works, Bakers Hill. Mappin Brothers manufactured from here until they were taken over by Mappin & Webb. ©Picture Sheffield

The family firm was reportedly founded in 1810 by Joseph Mappin, and their sun trademark was granted in 1835 by the Cutlers’ Company. They were not known as Mappin Brothers until after 1852 when all four of Joseph Mappin’s sons had joined the company, after his death. It was a year earlier in 1851 that they opened the Queen’s Plate and Cutlery Works on Baker’s Hill, bound by Little Pond Street and Flat Street. In 1859 there was an argument between the brothers and both the eldest son, Frederick, and the youngest, John, left the company. Frederick Mappin became a politician and was a director of many Sheffield companies. Mappin Brothers continued under Edward and Joseph Charles Mappin and acquired central London showrooms in 1856 and 1861, on King William Street at London Bridge, and Regent Street. By doing this they claimed they were the only Sheffield cutlery manufacturer to sell directly to the customer in London. The company was bought by Mappin & Webb and incorporated into their sales and manufacturing structure.

Please get in touch if you have any pictures of the Mappin Brothers works on Bakers Hill.




  • Mike Purdon

    I own a large Daimler car, circa 1920-2. This car was previously owned by Sir Frank Crossley Mappin. He migrated to New Zealand in about 1908,later he inherited his uncle’s title.He returned to England to the family seat,but later, in the early 20’s he returned to N.Z., bringing with him the Daimler.The first years of this cars existance is a mystery, could it have been his Uncles? Any history relating to said car would be much appreciated. Kind Regards, Mike.

  • Very interesting, just bought a used pocket knife. And had never heard of Mappin and Son’s cutlery. As with all used items purchased i was curious about them. So far I still haven’t found information on when it perhaps was made. Very very well made regardless. Single blade, which I call hawk bill style, it’s neither a clip, or a drop point, curves down like a the birds beak. Two tone wood on both sides of the body. Very pretty knife and solid as the rock of a Egyptian piramid. I shall look further on to find out more about this knife.


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