There is an unbroken list of Masters Cutler since 1624, some of whom served for more than one year and is a roll call of nationally and internationally acclaimed manufacturers of cutlery, silver and steel.
Many of the Masters took on additional public roles during the 17th and 18th centuries, when Sheffield did not have a Mayor and Corporation.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, many Masters became Mayors and Lord Mayors of Sheffield, Presidents of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and played a role in the formation and management of Sheffield University and as Trustees on innumerable charities.
Each year, the Company's public face is the Master Cutler who represent the Company and Sheffield manufacturing. The weekly diary sheets show how busy this can be, however, it is very rare to have an insight into the Master's experiences. The Company was recently given some personal papers of the late Norman Hanlon, Master Cutler in 1975 and among them was a talk he gave to Sheffield Probus describing his year of office. This is only the second such information, the other is the from Charles Belk's year in 1885.
Bronze bust of Robert Hadfield,
Master Cutler, 1899