During the evolution of cutlery-making in Sheffield, companies owned different patterns made by blanking companies for their own use and the term Private Patterns was born. Today, many of the Private Patterns produced by the blanking companies have been swallowed into general trade use. However, British Silverware is in a privileged and unique position. The family of companies within British Silverware include companies that had their own blanking facilities: James Dixon & Sons; C.J.Vander; Roberts and Belk. This means that the Private Patterns have remained private and unique to the company with the very important detail intact.
Over the years these patterns were often supplied exclusively to companies like Mappin & Webb or Asprey in London.