Traditionally in Sheffield there were many 'mesters' who would buy cutlery from blanking companies that stamped out spoons and forks. Knives were made by cutlers. The patterns became known as Parish Patterns because they were available to anyone from the blanking companies in the local parish or district.
During the 1970s cutlery started to be imported from the Far East and this was in direct competition with Sheffield cutlery. The blanking companies considered how they could mass produce the Parish Patterns and defining adjustments were made to enable multi-polishing. These adjustments included making shallow bowls, reduced pattern definition and removing the settings on the end of the shanks.
However, James Dixon & Sons and Robert & Belks (now members of the British Silverware family of companies) owned their own Parish Patterns. Spoons and forks were made within their companies and they did not need to 'dumb down' pattern definition to satisfy stainless steel and multi-polishing.
This has resulted today in British Silverware being proud to own the extensive collection of Parish Patterns that still exude the finesse of that bygone era.