An exceptional, large, antique Victorian, sterling silver, tea & coffee service in a panelled form, complete with octagonal sterling silver galley tray. All made by Martin & Hall, one of the premier English silversmiths of the Victorian period. Hand chased & hand engraved decoration with cast mounts throughout the set. The set consisting of coffee pot, tea pot, sugar bowl, cream jug & tilting hot water kettle on stand with burner all sits on this beautiful hand engrave, large, octagonal gallery tray. All pieces are fully & correctly hallmarked. Tray is 28" wide. The kettle stands 17 1/2" tall.
The firm exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, the Internation Exhibition (1862), the Sydney Exhibition (1879), the Melboune Exhibition (1881) and the 1915 British Industries Fair.
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.
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.