This beautiful Victorian Meat cleaver was made by Brades Co England.
This steel meat cleaver has a turned wooden handle, the cleaver is imprinted BRADES Co 413 on the blade.
It is from the 1890’s & a wonderful piece of Butchers history
The founder of the company, William Hunt, was an edge tool maker at Worcestershire UK, in the late 18th century.
In 1782 he purchased the Brades Estate near Birmingham and established a new works there known as Brades Forge, or simply as The Brades.
By 1805 they were also manufacturing steel on the site, which was now known as the Brades Steel Works.
Around 1793, Hunt took W. Cliffe into partnership, and for a short period the firm was known as Hunt and Cliffe - this name appears in the company’s first ledger, dated 9 May 1794.
This partnership dissolved around 1803, and Hunt continued trading on his own account until 1809, when he took his sons into partnership and the firm became known as William Hunt & Sons.
The cleaver is in wonderful condition for its age with the handle very sound with lovely rustic tones.
The blade is free from rust.
Throughout Europe these sell for a handsome price as they are a collectable historical piece so this makes for a great buy.
Size - 36cm long & blade is 16cm long.