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278559 Thomas Conroy 2024‑06‑21 Re: What manufacturer: ????in & Shau?
Kirk Eppler wrote (order of comments reshuffled):
"W. Butler is not in my Directory of Sheffield Tool Manufacturers 1740 -2018.
But then again, neither is W. Butcher.... "Silly question on the Sheffield
directory: can you see a reason why Butcher is not in there? There are several
references to him being in Sheffield, or in other Sheffiedl partnerships (Ward *
Butcher I think), but none are listed. BIzarre"

I think it must be connected with the same author's earlier Directory of
Sheffield cutlery manufacturers (2013, 2nd. ed. 2018) which I don't have; but
the cutlery volume does have an extensive listing on Butcher, because it is
quoted here
W. & S. Butcher Ltd
Of course, a number of manufacturers who must have had a place in the cutlery
volume are also found in the tools volume;  and I would have expected a cross-
reference even if the author had nothing new to add. However, my own experience
is that when there is nothing left to do in a directory except a large, complex,
important firm on which you have nothing in particular to add... well, I didn't
quite reach the depths of completely leaving out a firm or a person, but I have
come pretty damn close.

Tom Conroy
Berkeley

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