Frederick William Dover was born in Norwich in about 1834, the son of a gardener (George). He had moved to Sheffield by 1860, when he founded a business as a wood carver and turner. He specialised in bread, butter, and cheese platters. He worked in Burgess Street, before relocating in the mid-1870s to Sycamore Tree Works, Rockingham Street. By 1881, he employed nine men, eight boys, and a girl. His output – described in The Century’s Progress (1893) – also included bread and butter knives. His trade marks were a sycamore tree on his wooden goods and a loaf with the words ‘STAFF OF LIFE’ on his cutlery. Dover, of Ecclesall Road, died on 11 September 1917, aged 83, leaving £5,354.