The silversmiths Walker & Hall were a very successful & well established firm in Sheffield, Yorkshire in England. Sheffield was a place in England renown for its steel making & it follows that Walker & Hall also specialized in electro-plating & gilding too.
The company was established in 1845 & was believed to have been known as Walker and Co. (of Sheffield). By 1894 this large concern was known to have around 1,500 employees. When electroplating was invented in 1843 Henry Hall financed George Walker. Walker & Hall stated that it was their firm that electroplated ‘the first useful articles’ in Britain.
George Walker was a very able man who displayed great technical skills. He studied chemistry under Dr Branson. Henry Hall was a businessman & solicitor from Worcester.
Henry Hall married Ann Bingham in 1856 her sixteen year old nephew joined the firm. At this time there were only nineteen employees. John’s younger brother, Charles, also came to work at the firm, eventually becoming a partner.