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Martin, Hall and Co

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of Shrewsbury Works, Sheffield

1854 Company established by Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall

1858 Partnership change. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, John Roberts, Richard Martin, Ebenezer Hall, and Joshua Hall, carrying on business at Sheffield, in the county of York, as Silver Platers, under the style or firm of Martin, Hall, and Co. was dissolved on the 1st day of January, 1857, so far as regards the said John Roberts; and that all debts due to and owing from the said partnership concern will be received and paid by the said Richard Martin, Ebenezer Hall, and Joshua Hall, who alone have, since the said 1st day of January, 1857, carried on, and will hereafter continue to carry on, the said business in copartnership together, under the style or firm of Martin, Hall, and Co...'[1]

1860 Company registered[2]

1866 The company was registered on 3 February, and is engaged in the manufacture of silver and electro-plate goods and cutlery. [3] Chairman was Bernard Wake

1888 The MD was Peter Wragg

1905 See 1905 Industries of Sheffield and District

1925 "The improved position of Martin Hall and Co., cutlery and electro-plate manufacturers, of Sheffield, reported to the annual meeting, has been effected, according to the chairman, by substantial reductions in the cost of manufacture and overhead expenses, coupled with the gratifying increase in turnover, which showed signs of being maintained. The arrangement with Gladwin and Co, another big Sheffield firm, is working satisfactorily and profitably to both companies. Part of the scheme of reorganisation has necessitated the closing of the Birmingham factory and the disposal of obsolete and redundant stock. The closing of the works has effected a saving of a substantial amount without any way impairing the output and restricting the range of manufactures. It was also announced that the company has made about 500 new patterns the bulk of them being new lines, and these patterns have enabled the company to show profit." [4]


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