Remarkable Butcher’s Steel, the Handle with a Fine Carving in Ivory of a Prize Bull’s Head

A Remarkable Butcher’s Steel, the Handle with a Fine Carving in Ivory of a Prize Bull’s Head with Inlaid Glass Eyes
The steel shaft marked ‘Herbert & Sons 6 & 7 West Smithfield’
19th Century
Size: 54cm long – 21¼ ins long
During the 18th and 19th centuries travelling butchers were to be found in every village where the cottagers kept a pig, largely fed from scraps, chickens and sometimes a few sheep, goats and often a cow for milk that would also produce a calf once a year. The travelling butcher carried most of his own tools with him, but the cottagers would provide the britcher used for propping up the carcass of a bullock, hog stools and benches, and gambrels, a curved bar used for stretching the carcass of a hog or calf.

Remarkable Butcher’s Steel, the Handle with a Fine Carving in Ivory of a Prize Bull’s Head

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