Antique Set of 12 Silver and Mother of Pearl Cutlery Set
Date: 1873 - 1891
Maker: Martin Hall and Co
An antique set of sterling silver and real mother of pearl cutlery set having decorative engraved blades with bead and...
An antique set of sterling silver and real mother of pearl cutlery set having decorative engraved blades with bead and reed ferules. The cutlery has pretty carved handles with spiral bead and reed decoration. 12 knives and 12 forks in the original solid wood box. Dessert cutlery. Length of knife 20.5 cms, fork 17 cms. Made in Sheffield. Assorted dates 1873-1891. Maker Martin & Hall.
These lovely antique silver cutlery pieces are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Each piece is stamped with English silver marks which are clear to read. The wooden box shows signs of use, the lid has been re-glued and the interior is a bit tatty. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item. The cutlery handles are made from real mother of pearl shell and there may occasionally be a slight variation in grain and size.
Maker: Martin Hall and Co
The firm Martin Hall was established as a partnership in 1820 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts, trading as Wilkinson & Roberts. Wilkinson left in 1836. In 1846 John Roberts became partners with Ebenezer Hall (his apprentice in 1836) as Roberts & Hall. In 1854 Richard Martin (of Martin Brothers & Naylor) and Joshua Hall (brother of Ebenezer Hall) entered the partnership and the firm became Martin, Hall & Co. In 1866 the firm became a limited company. Although originally based at Shrewsbury Works, Sheffield the company also had factories in London and Birmingham with showrooms in London and Glasgow. The firm participated in the 1851 Great Exhibition, the International Exhibition (1862), the Sydney Exhibition (1879), the Melbourne Exhibition (1881) and the 1915 British Industries Fair. In liquidation 1933, Closed by 1936. Their full name was Richard Martin, Ebenezer Hall & Co.
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