My great great grandad was William Goddard born 1864 in Sheffield
In the 1891,1901 and 1911 census' he was a table knife cutler, still in Sheffield.
I have a knife that was made by him or his company William Goddard & Sons.
I have tried and tried to find out more about him, but can't find anything.
If anyone can help me I would be so grateful.
Sheffield Parish Church (Cathedral), 27 April 1879. Marriage.
William Goddard, 25yrs, bat, cutler, 25 Shude Hill, father - George Goddard,
Mary Hoyland, 21yrs, spin, of Sheaf Street Terrace, father - George Hoyland,
Witnesses: Frank Hoyland and George Henry Goddard.
Thank you so much for all this info.
It's all really interesting.
I do know that there are more knives that other family members have got and my great grandad was a cutler too hence the William Goddard and sons on the knife itself.
But I am so grateful for the information you have given me as there's very little regarding his work.
Sep 2, 2017 - 4:52PM
Re: William Goddard
Thank you for your time looking at this for me, it's all so interesting!
I love it!
Sep 2, 2017 - 6:55PM
Re: William Goddard
Does the knife have a trade mark as well as the name?
From the directories on this site.
Whites Directory 1905.
William Goddard (table knife hafter)
Address: 32 Charlotte Road.
Sheffield Evening Telegraph, 20 December 1899.
Fire at a Sheffield Cutlery Works.
Xylonite Again The Cause.
Occured in Charlotte Street, at the works of Messrs. C. Parkin & Son.
Parts of the premises are tenanted by Mr. William Goddard who is
a "little mester" in the cutlery trade. He occupies a portion of the
second floor on one side of the building. Mr Goddard was busy and a
spark flew from the highly flammable material. Mr Goddard his son
and other workers tried to put it out but made a hasty retreat.
Mr Goddard and son were slightly injured by the flames but not
seriously. Goddard's place was gutted and roof all burnt off. (Abridged).
This is really really good 😊
And all fits in my timeline too.
His son George would have been 18/19 at the time.
This was Williams occupation all his life, so to have an address of where he was based, even if he was only a "little mester"
Thank you so much for taking the time out to look, much appreciated!
Vanessa, your ancestor was working at a very difficult time for Sheffied cutlers. The newspaper archive contains hundreds of articles from the period on Xylonite, Little Mesters and the American politics which severely dammaged the industry (McKinley Tariff).
Xylonite (nitrocellulose) was the first plastic to be used to simulate ivory.
There are many reports of fires (even explosions) and of court cases where men were punished for selling Xylonite knives as genuine ivory. There was a thriving and honest trade in mass producing such knives for export, until McKinley stepped in.
There is one report that traditional cutler objector to the use of Xylonite put a match to a knife in front of the home secretary and it virtually exploded.
Be careful where you store your knife.