MH & Co (jewellery hallmark)

This company commenced in Sheffield UK in 1820 with a partnership between Henry Wilkinson and John Roberts, trading as Wilkinson & Roberts.

The partnership dissolved in 1836 and the company continued as John Roberts.

In 1846, apprentice Ebenezer Hall was made partner and the company traded under the name Roberts & Hall.

One of the best-known British manufacturers, the company participated in many international exhibitions, including the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition in 1851, the first of a series of World Fair exhibitions.

In 1854, Roberts & Hall joined forces with Martin & Naylor to form Martin, Hall & Co.

In 1866, Martin Hall & Co was incorporated and became Martin Hall & Co Ltd with Bernard Wake as chairman, and Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall as joint managing directors.

The company prospered, producing good quality silver and silver-plate, and sent their wares for hallmarking in London, Chester, Sheffield and Birmingham.

By 1914 the company was employing approximately 750 people.

After World War I, business declined and the company fell into bankruptcy in 1936.

Martin, Hall & Co were listed as silversmiths and platers, Sheffield UK.  And as parent company to Marples & Co Ltd, silversmiths and retailers, Birmingham UK.

Jewellery era: late Victorian, Edwardian.

Specialised in sterling silver tablewear – cutlery, mugs, photo frames, condiment sets, candlestick holders, tea sets.


Marks used by MH & Co:

  • MH & Co
  • J.R/E.H
  • RM/EH
  • MH/&/CoLd
  • MHCo

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