A history of family excellence
The company was originally formed in 1898 by two brothers Albert and Joseph Yates – and the original JY assay mark can be traced back to this date.
Originally crafting Caps and Ferrules to go onto Pearl Fish eaters that were popular at the time, they soon moved into making knives for the Sheffield Cutlery Industry.
It was then in 1947 when William Beatson – the grandfather of our current MD – joined and brought with him a wealth of Manufacturing knowledge. Three years later William’s son Alan joined the company as a 15 year old before heading off to do his national service. In 1961, following the death of William Beatson, his son Alan joined Albert Yates and they moved the factory to where it still is today, on Trinity St, Sheffield.
The next generation of Beatson’s Jonathan, Jo, Lucas, Amelie and Barnaby have set up Legacy Silverware to continue the family business and keep one of the last working Sheffield cutlery factories alive.
We offer exquisite hand-crafted cutlery using only the finest raw materials and hand finished in the traditional way.
All our products can be personalised with a message, names, date or a company logo as a unique finish for your gift.
Today, and carrying on the family tradition, we are bringing the history, legacy and tradition of classic silver craftsmanship to the modern market, and paying homage to its origins via our exciting new brand ‘Legacy Silver’.
Royal Stamp of Approval
Our factory is proud of its impressive portfolio of esteemed customers accrued over the years, including: The Titanic, The British Royal Family, Sultan of Brunei, Concorde, British Airways First Class, United Arab Emirates First Class, Fairline Yachts.