173. Superb Coromandel Stationery Casket by Halstaff Hannaford London 1850

Superb Well Grained Coromandel Dome Covered Travelling Stationery Casket with lavish etched brass strapwork decoration and carrying handle, complete with original lined sectional interior.

Made between 1842 and 1858 by highly regarded London Maker and Retailer Halstaff & Hannaford.

Condition: This piece is offered in superb untouched condition with no losses, very nice surface patination, original firm hinges, lock and original key are present and working. The box is paper labeled inside. 

Width: (at base) 8.75" (22.25cm). Depth: 4.75" (12cm). Height: 6.5" (16.5cm). 

Shipped to Winnipeg, Canada.

William Halstaff started his business making exceptional quality glamorous boxes. Emphasis on strengthening with brass corners, brass surrounds in 1825 at 68 Margaret Street, Cavendish Square, London, later moving it in 1838 to 228 Regent Street, London as Halstaff & Co.

In 1842, William Halstaff went into partnership with Thomas Charles Hannaford and the business became known as Halstaff & Hannaford. They mutually dissolved their partnership in 1858, however, the business continued trading under their name until 1898. In the same year, the business name was changed to Halstaff & Co, and it remained at the 228 Regents Street address until its final closure in 1908.

This example offered displays the understated elegance of the period. It is impeccable quality without a hint of ostentation.