July 27, 2022
Sheffield City Councillor Anne Murphey; Dr Joan Unwin (Archivist); Mistress Cutler, Mrs Jo Tear; Master Cutler, Mr James Tear; Mr Kevan Shaw, Mrs Rose Shaw and Mrs Pam Liversidge
This rare and unique set of knives made by Sheffield’s last ‘Little Mester’, Stan Shaw, were presented today on long-term loan to the Cutlers Hall by his widow Rose and three grown up children Kevan, Jane and Andrew.
Stan Shaw was the last of Sheffield’s ‘Little Mester’s making exquisitely beautiful hand-crafted pen and pocketknives for customers at home and abroad.
He worked for almost 80 years at his trade until his death in February 2021 at the age of 93. In 2003 he was made a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Sheffield and in 2016 he was awarded the BEM by The Queen.
The collection comprises 58 knives, plus a large exhibition knife, and were all made for the late Sheffield industrialist and Cutlers Freeman David Beevers.
STAN SHAW’S COLLECTION OF KNIVES DISPLAYED AT CUTLERS HALL
THE EXHIBITION KNIFE
Stan’s eldest son, Kevan, discovered by accident through his friend and Freeman Mark Ritson, that Mr Beevers’ family was planning to auction off the whole collection to individual buyers.
Kevan contacted the Beevers’ family to ask if he could have ‘first refusal’ on any sale and fortunately, an agreement was reached for Kevan to purchase the collection intact.
“My father had a briefcase in which he kept a sample of all of the knives he made to show to potential buyers” Kevan remarked. “Mr Beevers saw this impressive case of knives and he asked my dad if he could buy it, but he refused. Undaunted, Mr Beevers then ordered one of every single knife in the case and it is this collection which has now been saved from sale. The whole family and I are delighted to have come to this arrangement with the Cutlers Company, for what is intended to be a long-term loan.
Dad would have been so proud to see his work on display for all to see and it is a fitting tribute to his skill and all he did to promote the heritage of Sheffield’s ‘Little Mesters’ that the Cutlers Hall itself will be the location for this amazing collection of knives.”
Master Cutler, Mr James Tear responded “I am delighted and very proud that Stan Shaw’s family has offered the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire the loan of the knives to be displayed here in Cutlers’ Hall. They are a significant part of the continuing story of the “Little Mester” and they form part of the history and legacy of cutlery manufacturing in this City and Region. The knives demonstrate design and engineering skill of the highest level and are the work of a man who valued quality and perfection. We will hold and display the knives with pride and care and build them into the wider regional history that we promote in the Hall.
Stan’s skill and craftmanship should be an inspiration to all who see them.”
The Stan Shaw Memorial Appeal’ aims to raise funds for a permanent, public memorial and heritage trail to Stan in his home City of Sheffield, England.
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