Supplement to the Journal to be issued during June 2020

The Queenhithe Collection: Knives, Blades and Marks from the River Thames in the City of London, dating from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century.

Published in 2020 as a supplement to the Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, this comprehensive account of early knives results from the extensive collecting carried out on the Thames foreshore by Graham duHeaume from 1970 to 1986.  Such knives were often lost or thrown away if damaged and the river was used as a convenient dump for anything unwanted. The busy commercial activities of the Queenhithe Dock area doubtless added to the numbers of lost and discarded knives which form the basis of this collection.

This fully-illustrated catalogue contains some 860 examples and is a unique reference source for the collector, curator, historian and dealer. Most of the knives bear a cutler or bladesmith’s mark and these marks are extensively illustrated and accompanied by relevant makers’ names where known. Manufacturing techniques and resulting differences in construction are discussed, assisting the dating of knives in many instances.

The Queenhithe Collection is now in the ownership of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers and the Antique Metalware Society is grateful to the Worshipful Company for their co-operation in the publication of this catalogue.


  • Foreword by Richard Herbert, Chairman of the Collections Committee, Worshipful Company of Cutlers
  • Preface
  • Introduction to the Queenhithe Collection
  • Catalogue
    • Part 1: Knives
    • Part 2: Makers’ Marks
  • Glossary of Terms

Coming up in the AMS Journal – Summer 2020

Work on the next edition of the AMS Journal is now proceeding quickly and it is hoped that, once the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted, it will be published this summer.  Although the editor reserves the right to alter it, the following is a list of contents:

Articles (in alphabetical order by surname of author):

  • Engineers Brasswork: Industrial Folk Art of North-East England. By Peter Brears.
  • Brass Skimmers, Ladles and Slices of the late 17th and 18th centuries and their Makers’ marks. By Roderick and Valentine Butler and Christopher Green.
  • A Skillet Handle on a Fireback. By Jeremy Hodgkinson.
  • “Our Garters, Bellows and Warming Pans wore Godly Motto’s: English 17th century brass warming pan inscriptions.” By Malcolm Jones.
  • The Mermaid Railings and the Liverpool Sailors Home. By Stephen McKay.
  • Medieval eating knives in England. By Simon Moore.
  • Jean Demosthene Dugourc: A Life by Design. By Susan R. Kinsey.
  • English Cut Steel 1730-1840. By Angus Patterson.
  • A Celtic mirror from Holcombe, Devon. By Nicholas Riall.

Notes and Queries:

  • Some Medieval Spoons. By David Moulson.

Book Reviews:

  • The Art of the Door Knocker by Garry Scroop. By Diana Crawforth-Hitchins.
  • The Brass Eagle Lecterns of England. By Christopher Green and Roderick Butler.
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