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Item:153390271397Sterling Silver Tray / Salver - Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall - Sheffield - 1867What a magnificent piece of English Victorian Sterling by Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall of Shrewsbury Works, SheffieldFamous makers of Caddy spoon, cruet stand, ink stand, salt, tea service, tongs, tray etc. The origin of the firm is in the partnership established in 1820 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts who traded as Wilkinson & Roberts. Wilkinson left the business in 1836 and in 1846 John Roberts entered in partnership with Ebenezer Hall (his apprentice in 1836) under the style Roberts & Hall.In 1854 entered into the partnership Richard Martin (of Martin Brothers & Naylor) and Joshua Hall (brother of Ebenezer Hall) 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 participated 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 cheap 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). CHRONOLOGY:Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts (1820)John Roberts (1836)Roberts & Hall ( 1846)Martin Hall & Co (1854)Martin Hall & Co Ltd (1866-1936) In great condition and is 403grams and 22cm wide. Sheffield assay marks and date letter Z for 1867.Think the bird in the centre is a family crest.Product ID ELE00370000Multiple Purchases - one postage.R26Style:Art Nouveau, Original/Reproduction:Original, Pattern:Acanthus, Composition:Sterling, Brand:Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall, Product Type:Trays, Originating Region:UK, Era:1800s
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Silver Tray / Salver - Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall - Sheffield - 1867