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Extremely Rare Joseph Mills Brace


A rare brace and I don’t know of another one, the address dates this no later than 1880s, nice tight pad with small minor nicks, the chuck works as it should with a nice spring, there is a crack that is tight to infill adjacent to the pad. Here  is some information known to who Joseph Mills was.

Joseph Mills was born on 6 June 1845, the son of George and Harriet.  His father was a table blade forger, who in 1851 was living and working in Sarah Street (Eyre’s Buildings).  By the late 1860s, George Mills & Son, table knife blade manufacturer, was located in Fulwood.  In 1869, Joseph married Ellen, the daughter of the late Mr Houldsworth.  By 1876, while his father continued to work in Fulwood, Joseph was a manufacturer of table and butchers’ knives in Allen Street.  In 1881, he employed three men and two boys.  George Mills, of Goole Green, Fulwood, died on 8 July 1883, aged 68.  He was buried in Fulwood, leaving £288.  His wife, Harriet, died two years later, and was buried in the same cemetery.  By the end of the 1880s, Joseph Mills had moved to Essex Works in Scotland Street, where he made table and butchers’ knives, cook and bread knives, and steel and cast steel cleavers.  He lived in Monmouth Street.  Howard Cole’s study (1996) of the skinning knife showed several fine hand-forged knives made by Mills, which Cole dated to the 1880s.  In the early twentieth century, the works address was Court No. 5, Smithfield, and Scotland Street.  Joseph Mills, Woodland Road, died on 8 May 1920, aged 74, and was buried in Fulwood.  He left £296.  Petty then acquired Mills’ striking trade mark: a picture of a judge and the words ‘FOR YOURSELF’.

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