1) A reference to the tips of horn which were used by Sheffield cutlers, chiefly for knife handles and buttons; the tip house was where they were stored.

In one such storehouse, in 1681, was horn tip valued at Ł25 19s 2d: in 1702 Samuel Bothamley possessed boanes and tipps valued at Ł2 3s 0d and in 1717 George Cartwright’s inventory recorded In the tiphousesome tips. When the Sheffield factor John Downes was made bankrupt in 1724 he had in his possession ‘over 8,000 tips in barrels and boxes in his stable and tiphouse’.

spellings tip house
places Sheffield
dates 1681 1724

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