Victorian Silver Armada Jug
Maker: Martin Hall and Co
A magnificent large antique sterling silver wine jug in the traditional form of an Armada jug. Very elegant design on...
A magnificent large antique sterling silver wine jug in the traditional form of an Armada jug. Very elegant design on a pedestal foot. Suitable for both hot and cold drinks. The hinged lid, with ornate flower and scroll finial, opens by squeezing the handle mechanism. Beautifully chased with flowers, scrolls and leaves, the jug has a cartouche to both sides (uninscribed). The front has an applied animals head and to either side of each cartouche there is a winged classical figure with arms extended.
Weight 943 grams, 30.3 troy ounces.
Height 31.5cm. Spread 14.5cm.
Maker Martin Hall.
This remarkable jug is in very good condition. Fully functional. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the neck and part marked inside the lid.
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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