The Anonymous Widower

Butler Sheba Cutlery

When we married in 1968, we didn’t have much, but we did purchase a rather extravagant set of Butler Sheba cutlery. There is very little information about the cutlery on the Internet, except for this small piece in the Design 1965 Journal.

Sheba Cutlery

Sheba Cutlery

They are a classic sixties design that was made in Sheffield.  The handles are actually a plastic called Delrin from DuPont.

I still use them everyday and they have always been washed in the dishwasher.

If anybody has any cutlery of this design in good nick, I might be pleased to purchase them.

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July 20, 2009 - Posted by | Design | ,

36 Comments »

  1. Happy memories!

    I think my aunt and uncle had that cutler when I was a little girl :-)

    Comment by Boo | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. It certainly has lasted well.

    Comment by AnonW | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. That’s really nice, and hasn’t dated at all. I’ve never come across it before.

    Comment by J-in-Wales | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. It’s very easy to use, despite the odd looking shape. One of the companies I started, three out of the four founders had that cutlery. The one we fell out with, didn’t. Perhaps, there is a moral there!

    Comment by AnonW | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi there – you have mentioned being interested in sheba cutlery. I have eight boxed sets of seven pieces each, plus two boxed sets of four serving spoons. All are in good condition with no damage to the handles. I am thinking of selling them and I wondered if you might be interested? I await to hear from you. Malcolm Richardson

    Comment by Malcolm Richardson | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Do you still have these boxed sets? If so I may be interested in purchasing.

      Comment by Rod | November 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks for your note, but I’m afraid that we have sold them on to another good home! Malcolm

    Comment by Malcolm Richardson | November 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. I too have a set of 6 place settings of Sheba cutlery and have also tried to source extra sets to buy but without success. Like the AnonW we purchased them when we were married 1966 and they are still being used today – a wonderful purchase and would love to be able to purchase 2 further sets.

    Comment by Jean Baty | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  8. That’s three years longer than I have. I’m jealous. But I do have twelve sets and a pie slice.

    Comment by AnonW | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  9. I am looking for this cutlery also if you find it let me know

    Comment by sheila sharkey | March 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi

    I have some of this listed on ebay – please see my listing: Vintage 1960s Butler Sheba Canteen of Cutlery (#150438577930)
    If you are interested in buyiing privately please make me an offer and I can remove it from the auction site.

    Kind regards
    Bob

    Comment by Robert Johns | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  11. We also have some place settings and would love to get more, so if anyone would like to send them to a good home do please contact me with your prices, many thanks Roger

    Comment by roger | June 5, 2010 | Reply

  12. If anyone has some Sheba that they are interested in selling, please let me know.

    John Walters

    Comment by John Walters | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  13. I’m not, as I find it so good. In some ways it’s a bit difficult to use a fork with my left hand after the stroke, but it’s good practice to get it working again.

    Comment by AnonW | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  14. I have a 44 piece boxed set which I found in my dad’s loft when he died recently. It’s hardly been used, in fact some of the soup spoons still have the plastic on them. I will part with them if you are interested

    Comment by Nicola | August 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Nicola,
      I may well be interested in your cutlery to augment the collection I already have. Is it still available? If so could you supply detail of the contents and possibly a photograph please? Thanks – Rod

      Comment by Rod | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello Nicola,
      I note that Rod has shown interest in the cutlery. If you have not sold it to him I am also interested. I live near the MId-Welsh border.

      All the best

      Peter

      Comment by Peter Crocker | August 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Nicola, please would you let me know whether you have this cutlery, thanks, Robin

      Comment by Robin | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  15. Sorry Nicola – there was a typo in my email. this is the correct one peter@petercrocker.com
    Best wishes

    Comment by Peter Crocker | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  16. when you sort yourselves out, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I’m not selling mine. It’s so good!

    Comment by AnonW | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  17. Nicola, do you still havr this cutlery?

    Comment by Robin | September 14, 2010 | Reply

    • I still have the cutlery. Email me if you’re interested and I’ll send you a photo as once again I am trying to have a bit of a clear out. Completely forgot I had posted on here!

      Comment by Nicola Galpin | April 18, 2012 | Reply

  18. I am very interested in purchasing SHEBA cutlery as I too have some from the 60’s which is still being used today- fantastic cutlery !

    Comment by Avril Holland | November 23, 2010 | Reply

    • We have a 39 piece set of Butler Sheba with Delrin handles which we had as a wedding present in 1967. Not all the pieces are perfect, i.e. very small cracks in some handles, but these are not noticeable. We haven’t used them for a long time and are willing to sell them. Can send a photo. We live near Newcastle upon Tyne.

      Comment by Daphne | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  19. I’m not selling!

    Comment by AnonW | November 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Shame!! I have been looking for SHEBA for ages with no success- I think anyone who had it originally ,still has it ! Like us ! Best wishes anyway

      Comment by Avril Holland | November 23, 2010 | Reply

  20. We have a 39 piece set of Butler Sheba with Delrin handles which we had as a wedding present in 1967. Not all the pieces are perfect, i.e. very small cracks in some handles, but these are not noticeable. We haven’t used them for a long time and are willing to sell them. Can send a photo. We live near Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Comment by Daphne | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  21. MISSED OUT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS (SEE BELOW.): We have a 39 piece set of Butler Sheba with Delrin handles which we had as a wedding present in 1967. Not all the pieces are perfect, i.e. very small cracks in some handles, but these are not noticeable. We haven’t used them for a long time and are willing to sell them. Can send a photo. We live near Newcastle upon Tyne. OUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS: jgdlsmith@hotmail.co.uk

    Comment by Daphne | April 5, 2011 | Reply

  22. I was boght a set for my 21st birthday in 1973. Its still going strong and I love using it. The only damage has been to a dinner knife that came out of its delfin sheath. I too would be interested in buying more. jhandsjones@aol.com

    Comment by S Jones | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  23. Sorry! But you’re not having many of mine. It must be over 40 years old and still going strong. It was a wedding present to my late wife and myself from ourselves. I augmented it about ten or twenty years afterwards, by buying a large canteen in Harrods sale.

    Comment by AnonW | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  24. hi, my mum and dad have a set of Sheba Cultery (4x 6 individual items) that they are willing to sell, if you are interested, can you leave some contact details. it is brand new and boxed, new used since the 60’s with all labels etc too. there are also individual additional items like butter knife etc. thanks sarah

    Comment by Sarah Meredith | April 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks but I have enough.

      Comment by AnonW | April 8, 2012 | Reply

  25. My friend was clearing out his parent’s house and I was helping him. When I went to put some stuff in the dustbin I heard a rattling sound and saw a large carrier bag. Being a nosey person, I investigated and found the Sheba cutlery. My friend didn’t want it so now I have an 8 person collection of teaspoons, soup spoons, dessert spoons, fish forks, main forks, triangle knives, smooth knives, other knives, cake slice and salad servers. I love it, what a find!

    Comment by gibbers | August 4, 2012 | Reply

    • It really shows how well it was made. I have quite a bit and I use a subset of four for everyday. It’s gone in the dishwasher every day for forty years now. Although in my current house, the second-hand dishwaster is so tired and crap, I wash them now by hand, as it’s quicker and better.

      I’m 65 now and they’ll outlive me by many years.

      And of course they were made in Sheffield, just like Jessica Ennis. she could come and use them anytime.

      Comment by AnonW | August 4, 2012 | Reply

  26. Are you still interested in buying more items? I have an entire set in excellent condition, never used in original wooden box. Complete with carving set and serving spoons. Thank you

    Comment by Michelle Daly | September 8, 2012 | Reply

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