The company, which as Viners Ltd. grew to be the biggest cutlery manufacturer in England, was started around 1901 by Adolphe Viener and his sons. They were silversmiths who initially worked in traditional small workshops. The hallmark for Viners Ltd. silver was registered in 1932.

The firm prospered in the 1960s with a modern factory in Sheffield and subsidiaries in Ireland, France and Australia.