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Viners Ltd
Dates: 1907 - 1982
Biographical Account:

Viners of Sheffield Ltd was founded around 1907 by members of the Viner family. Under the management of Ruben Viner and Leslie Glatman, it became one of the largest manufacturers of cutlery and flatware in Sheffield. At its peak, the firm is said to have employed over 1000 workers.

During the 1950s, Viners acquired the cutlery firms Thomas Turner and Harrison Brothers & Howson. Gerald Benney was appointed as designer from 1957 to 1969. Many of the designs produced by Benney for Viners were commercial successes, including the 'Studio' and 'Chelsea' patterns of cutlery and flatware. 

As a result of overexpansion during the 1970s and competition from the Far East, the firm went into receivership in 1982. The rights to the company name were purchased by a London firm and 'Viners' goods continue to be made today.

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