Object Description

A Set of Twenty-Four Silver-Gilt Plates by Hunt & Roskell.

England, Circa 1910.

Hallmark for ‘ISH’ (John Samuel Hunt), London, 1910
Inscribed ‘Hunt & Roskell, Late, Storr Mortimer & Hunt’

Each plate having a border cast with with foliage and shells.

In 1819 Paul Storr and John Samuel Hunt founded a firm of manufacturing and retail jewellers and silversmiths. He traded as as Storr & Co. (1819-22), Storr & Mortimer (1822-38), Mortimer & Hunt (1838-43) and then Hunt & Roskell (1843-97).

Hunt & Roskell had a shop at 156 New bond Street and the workshop at 26 Harrison Street. John Samuel Hunt remained a partner until his death in 1865 and his son John Hunt took over. Robert Roskell, formerly a watchmaker and merchant of Liverpool, joined in 1844 and remained in the firm until his death in 1888.
In 1889 the firm was taken over by J.W. Benson and continued in business as Hunt & Roskell Ltd until c.1965.

The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of 1851 in describing Hunt and Roskell stated that ‘Without disparagement to any other house in London, in a similar branch of business, it may be said that Messrs. Hunt and Roskell have no rival…and a visit to their show-rooms is like inspecting a museum of Art.’

Object Literature

Culme, J. The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, Jewellers and Allied Traders 1838-1914, (Woodbridge, UK), 1987.

Thompson, Watches, Ashmolean HandBooks, (London), 2008.

Bury, S. The Lengthening Shadow of Rundells, Connoisseur 161, February, March, April 1966.

Loomes, B. Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, N.A.G. Press, (London), 2006.

Britten, F.J. Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers – A History of Styles in Clocks and Watches and their Mechanisms, Bloomsbury Books, (London), 1986.

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