Alfred Hunter (c.1803-1887) was born in Sheffield. His early career is unknown, but one cannot help speculating as to whether he partnered (and was related to) Michael Hunter until 1829. Certainly, in that year Alfred and his wife, Selma (and baby son), emigrated to the USA. He arrived in New York City, where he was based for a time. However, after his naturalisation in 1836 he spent his working career until 1865 in Newark, New Jersey. He advertised as a table knife and fine cutlery manufacturer at Washington Factory, Sheffield Street, near State Street. The name ‘Washington’ has echoes of the Washington Works of George Wostenholm. Besides table cutlery, Hunter became ‘a popular and prolific Bowie knife maker’ (Knife World, March 1994). His knives are displayed in numerous collectors’ books, including Flayderman (2004). Adams et al (1990) remark that there is a debate as to whether Hunter’s knives were American, or English made. Certainly, letters that Hunter sent to the Newark Daily Advertiser, dated 22, 24 September 1849, stated that he never advertised his knives as ‘wholly American’. He had visited Sheffield in the previous year and imported raw ivory teeth from England (information courtesy of Mark Zalesky). Hunter had retired by 1870. The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 26 February 1887, reported his death at his home at Irvington, New Jersey, on 10 February 1887. He was aged 84. His wife, Selina, had died in 1885. His sons also became involved in cutlery production, but later branched into the jewellery and photographic business (Pankiewicz, 2010).