Hallmarked Edwardian silver cruet / condiment set Walker & Hall
Antique silver gifts sterling silver Edwardian cruet / condiment set Walker & Hall 25th anniversary / silver wedding anniversary gifts
A marvelous sterling silver Edwardian cased condiment / cruet set made by the esteemed Walker & Hall.
This set is complete, original & looks unused.
It comprises of:
Salt, Pepper & mustard with spoons.
All contain the original blue glass interiors which are undamaged & well made.
Each piece is fully hallmarked Edwardian silver, the maker being Walker & Hall.
This fine Edwardian silver condiment set shows no signs of use & is in fabulous condition.
The mustard measures 3 1/2" long & 2 1/4" tall. It weighs 101.6 grams.
The mustard spoon measures almost 3".
The salt & pepper measure 2 3/4" long & 1 1/4" tall. They weigh 86.5 grams each.
The salt & pepper spoons measure almost 3".
The original case is in good condition considering it is over 100 years old. It is very attractive - it is made in the shape of a shield with black leather & a gilt border. The hinges on the case work well & the interior is beautiful. The lid is lined with gorgeous royal blue silk - 'WALKER & HALL SHEFFIELD' in gilt lettering. The base has three compartments for the mustard, salt & pepper which are lined with royal blue silk. Surrounding these compartments is a subtle shade of purple velvet which complements the royal blue silk.
The case measures 8" X 6 3/4".
A brief introduction to the maker
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. It was John Bingham (Sir John Bingham) who made Walker & Hall world class. He was known to have been a ‘showman’. Flamboyant, he would talk of ‘thousands of hands’ working at the Electro Works situated at Howard Street in Sheffield. People took ‘hands’ to mean the work force. It was not strictly a lie as each worker had two hands! One of the reasons for this firms great success was that they cut out the need for a ‘middleman’ & set up their own show rooms on site.
In 1915 Colonel Sir John Bingham, Bart, VD, JP died aged seventy five years. Even at this age he was working longer hours than many of his employees. By this time Walker & Hall were renown throughout the Empire for their silver, cutlery & plate. Sheffield plate being the finest in the world. They owned fifteen showrooms in Britain with others in the Cape, New Zealand & Australia. Sir John served two terms as the prestigious Master Cutler, which was very rare for a person to do. His care of his employees was well known & he gifted Bingham Park to the people of Sheffield.
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