A very pretty antique sterling silver folding pocket knife in the original brown leather purse. Real mother of pearl. Both silver and pearl have attractive engraved decoration. Length 14.4 cms, 8.5 cms (folded). Sheffield 1920. Maker J Y Cowlishaw.
Biography – John Yeomans Cowlishaw of Sheffield, England. J Y Cowlishaw, an outstanding fruit knife maker ranking alongside George Unite, registered his mark in 1854. His firm was taken over by J G Crowther t/a Cowlishaw & Bell of Sheffield who registered the same JYC mark at the Chester Assay Office in 1906.