This stunning English sterling silver tea and coffee service comprises of a teapot, sugar bowl, cream jug, coffee pot and tray. All pieces bear hallmarks for Sheffield 1874 and the makers mark of Martin Hall of the renowned Hall family of silversmiths.
All five items are of really superb quality and feature beautiful crisp bright cut engraved decoration, beaded borders and elegant finials to the teapot and coffee pot.
An unusual, elegant and very attractive antique, from a very famous maker. A tea andcoffee service like this does not come along very often.
This set will appreciate while it is used and always be admired.
In excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 3 x Width 66 x Depth 40 – Tray
Height 32 x Width 25 x Depth 15 – Coffee Pot
Weight 171 troy oz – Weight of set
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 2 feet, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches – Tray
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 10 inches x Depth 6 inches – Coffee Pot
Weight 5.32 kg – Weight of set
Martin, Hall & Co – the origin of the firm was in the partnership established in 1820 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts who traded as Wilkinson & Roberts. Wilkinson left the business and in 1846 John Roberts entered in partnership with Ebenezer Hall (his apprentice in 1836) under the style Roberts & Hall.
In 1854 Richard Martin (of Martin Brothers & Naylor) and Joshua Hall (brother of Ebenezer Hall) entered into the partnership under the style Martin, Hall & Co. In 1866 the firm was converted into a Ltd.
The factory was active at Shrewsbury Works, Broad Street Park, Sheffield with showrooms in London (where they were listed as manufacturing silversmiths and electroplated manufacturers, silver, plated and steel cutlers), Sydney, Birmingham and Glasgow.
The firm partecipated to the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Internation Exhibition (1862), the Sydney Exhibition (1879), the Melboune Exhibition (1881) and the 1915 British Industries Fair.
Besides its sterling silver and electroplated items the firm had a successful cheaper line of production on a patented white metal called “Martinoid”.
Items made by Martin, Hall & Co were retailed by Wordley & Co – Liverpool, Ball & Edwards – Birmingham, Henry Ellis & Son – Exeter, Charles Nephew & Co – Calcutta, West & Son – Dublin, Goldsmiths Alliance Ltd – Cornhill, Pearce & Co – Leeds, Mappin Brothers – London, George Edward & Sons – Glasgow, James Aitchinson – Edinburgh, Mackay & Chisholm – Edinburgh and many other firms.
After WWI and a brief association of interests with Gladwin Ltd the firm went in liquidation and was struck off the register in 1936 (according to another source the business was sold to Frank Cobb & Co in 1931/1932).
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