The Norfolk pattern was Joseph Rodgers signature pattern back in the mid to late 1800's. They would stamp "NORFOLK KNIFE" into the wharncliffe master blades -- named no doubt for their primary factory and showroom at No 6 Norfolk Street, Sheffield (stamped into most of their knives). Their enormous and never since equaled 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition Knife was called the Norfolk Knife.
The Sheffield Outrages in the Illustrated Police News. The scene depicted is that of the shooting of James Linley by Samuel Crookes on the 1st August 1859. The Saw Grinders' Union considered Linley a serial offender and public nuisance. Linley was shot in the head with an air rifle and died from his wound the following February.
A Victorian silver and tortoiseshell handled folding fruit knife and fork by Thomas Marples, Sheffield 1886. The spoon is by James & Josiah Williams, (Exeter, 1865). Sold for £380. Photo: The Canterbury Auction Galleries
The "Century Knife" AKA Millennium Sheffield Year Knife was made by Joseph Rogers & Sons of Sheffield, England in 1821. The exhibition knife was created in the shape of the firms logo, a Maltese Cross. It started out with 1821 blades, with a new blade added to the knife every year till the year 2000. The knife is made of solid silver and measures 32" high. The knife is now owned by Stanley Tools and is currently in Sheffield England.