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In 1845, the Malinda Works were occupied by Hoole and Brooksbank. Abram Brooksbank, a Londoner who moved to Sheffield in the 1840s, was related to Hoole by marriage and invested in the business after it had fallen on hard times. He became Hoole's partner. The company was listed as 'merchants, steel refiners and file, saw, scissor, table, shoe and butchers knife manufacturers'.


William Hoole died in 1849, and Brooksbank took over the business, specialising in table knives and the more common types of folding cutlery.


Brooksbank's trademark was a cannon and the word 'defiance'.


This fork and knife were manufactured by Abram Brooksbank of Malinda Works in Sheffield, around 1850 - 1900. Both the small three pronged fork, and the wide steel blade knife, have handles made from an antler worn smooth with a metal dome fitted on the end.

iron alloy, steel, bone, antler
(knife) L 188mm, (fork) L 173mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
(knife) DUMFM:1971.81.1, (fork) DUMFM:1957.76.5
Digital Number:
DMDM046a, DMDM046b
Dumfries & Galloway Council

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