Antique Silver Victorian Tray made in 1897
This magnificent and large Victorian Tray is of oval-shaped form. The well of the tray is encircled with bright-cut engraved decoration; depicting two round scrolling leaf and circular motifs joined by a foliate design.
|Made By||Walker & Hall|
This magnificent and large antique sterling silver Victorian Tray is of oval-shaped form.
The well of the tray is encircled with bright-cut engraved decoration; depicting two round scrolling leaf and circular motifs joined by a foliate design. The two motifs are engraved with flowers and leaves. The decoration to the well of the tray incorporates a shaped vacant cartouche to the centre.
The raised border of the tray is encircled with fine and impressive chased floral ornamentation. The handles have the same floral ornamentation.
Dimensions: width from handle to handle 76.2 cm, main body 63.5 x 50.8 cm
Weight, 160 troy oz.
Walker & Hall were Sheffield based silversmiths making their fortune with electroplating, cutlery and silver from the mid-19th century until they closed in 1971.
The company started with a Britannia metalworker – John Harrison – who took the first licence in Sheffield from Elkingtons to make electroplated wares. He sent George Walker to Birmingham to learn the new process. On his return to Sheffield, George decided to set up his own business and entered into partnership with Samuel Coulson in 1845. They obtained their own electroplating licence but did not start manufacture immediately. When they did, they were joined by Henry Hall and they started trading as Walker & Hall in 1853.
When Sir John Bingham joined them in 1852 they had fewer than 20 employees, but by 1894 they had grown to 1500 workers. Sir John Bingham was a master publicist and they appear to be the originators of the false story that George Walker had been an assistant of Dr. John Wright, the surgeon who had invented the electroplating process and so could claim to be a co-inventor. The story has made it into many texts as fact.
They were very successful and went on to open showrooms in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, Hull, Bristol as well as in Australia (Melbourne and Adelaide) and in South Africa (Cape Town).
They became a limited company in 1920 under the name Walker & Hall Ltd, and their “Electro Works” building dominated the Sheffield skyline until it was bombed in the Sheffield blitz in 1940. They managed to rebuild and continued production until 1963. In that year, they combined with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co to form British Silverware Ltd.
They shut down as a manufacturer in 1973, although the brand was later revived as a retailer.
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