Museum Quality c1869 Chamberlayne Silverplate Pitcher by Martin Hall & Co.

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Seller: phipsi3740 (1,258) 100%, Location: Bloomington, Indiana, Ships to: US, Item: 273655514540 This is a 150-year-old pitcher, a wonderful example of the silverplating and decorating excellence of Martin Hall & Co., the partnership of Robert Martin and Ebenezer Hall that began in 1854 in Sheffield, England. It is in superb condition! Design. Martin Hall, noted for the quality of their hollowware, likely made this exquisite c.1869 beautifully silverplated pitcher for a specific family (see below). The pitcher is a baluster shape with a short foot, a nearly non-existent pedestal. The hinged lid works perfectly. Beneath the spout is a well-modeled bearded face, similar to Bacchus. Small but certain signs of quality are the ivory heat insulator rings inserted near either end of the handle. Historical significance. The pitcher has some importance as it bears the English Chamberlayne family crest, the head of an ass emerging from a ducal coronet, as well as the Chamberlayne family motto, an inscribed text that reads MORS POTIOR MACULA, Latin for ‘Death Before Infamy’ or ‘Death Is Preferable to Disgrace’. The House of Chamberlayne has it roots in the 11th century reign of Henry I, when a Norman count became King Henry I’s chamberlain, the royal household manager. John de Tancarville, a French Norman lord who founded the Comtes de Tancarville in England, was that chamberlain. He assumed his new surname, Chamberlayne, from his office. The Chamberlayne family is still prominent in England. The particular crest displayed on this pitcher can be traced to John Chamberlayne of the 19th century Chamberlaynes of Cranbury Park. Identification. The pitcher has clear maker’s marks on the bottom:- • A shield with ‘MH&Co’ within, surrounded by four rounded corner squares with the Old English letters ‘E’, ‘P’, ‘G’, and ‘S’, denoting Electro Plated German Silver. German silver is the copper/nickel/zinc alloy on which a coat of pure 100% silver is applied by electrolysis. Later in the 1880s there was a change to EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver). • The number ‘9260’, likely a model identifier, and • A large number 4, which may be the size. Condition. There are no dents, dings, heavy scratches or other signs of damage. The silver plating is totally intact and quite substantial. Summary. This pitcher is truly a treasure of historical note, being a piece from a noted English family as well as an outstanding example of the silversmithing mastery of 19th century maker Martin Hall & Co. Dimensions. body 5” diameter x 5 ½” w/handle x 7 7/8” tall Weight. 1 lb 7 oz. Condition: Excellent antique condition, superb for age 150! Please see photos. No dings, dents, damage,, Age: 1850-1899, Brand: Martin Hall & Co., Pattern: Chamberlayne, Style: Victorian, Type: Pitchers & Jugs, Composition: Silverplate

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