Hennell Family History
In 1736, silversmith David Hennell founded his own firm, which he called simply “Hennell.” Having continued to grow apace for almost nearly two centuries, the firm is one of the oldest jewelers and silversmiths in London.
The son of Robert Hennell, David Hennell was born in 1712. He apprenticed under Edward Wood from 1728 to 1735, when he earned his freedom. The following year, he established his business in Gutter Lane, London, near St. Paul’s. 1736 was a big year for David Hennell as, in addition to opening a shop, he also married Hannah Broomhead. Together, they had fifteen children. Unfortunately, only five of them reached adulthood. Two of these, sons John and Robert would eventually work for the family firm.
天天看高清影视在线观看In 1763, David recruited his son Robert, a change that precipitated the firm’s relocation to Foster Lane. There, father and son registered their joint maker’s mark. Their mission was the creature silverware for the wealthy, and to achieve this, they produced only the highest quality and most fashionable pieces. David Hennell retired from the firm in 1773, becoming a Deputy Warden of the Livery to which he’d been elected back in 1763. He died in 1785.
天天看高清影视在线观看David Hennell II (born 1767) was Robert’s son and the original David’s grandson. He worked at the family firm with his father and brother, Samuel. It is uncertain when David was elected to the Livery, but he retired in 1821. After David II left the family firm, Samuel managed the business on his own for the most part, with the exception of a short-lived partnership with John Terry.
Robert Hennell II was the son of John Hennell and nephew of Robert Hennell I. It is possible that he worked with Robert Hennell senior as an engraver. What is certain is that he retired in 1833, at which point in time he left the business to his son, Robert Hennell III.
The son of Robert Hennell II, James Barclay Hennell labored alongside his brother Robert Hennell III until his death in 1899. Upon his death, Robert Hennell III bequeathed the business to his own son Robert Hennell IV.
天天看高清影视在线观看The firm remained in the Hennell family’s hands until 1887, when it was acquired by Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater.
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What to Look For
The Hennells were renowned for their elaborate but elegant ornamentations which catered to those wealthy patrons with discerning tastes. Examples of their wares that have sold at auction in recent years are as follows: this 1831 solid silver Georgian bon bon dish ornamented with a deer, this pair of silver napkin rings in their presentation box, this 1751 Georgian silver cauldron salt, this antique large footed inkwell circa 1864, this 1801 sterling silver champagne cooler, this Victorian shell form salt on three dolphin feet, these two 1790 solid silver knife rests, this unique 1849 solid sterling silver table basket salt bowl, this sterling silver goblet bearing the visage of a wolf in profile, this 1788 antique sterling silver teapot, this 18th Century pair of antique Georgian solid silver salts and spoons, and this lavishly ornamented English silver and plate tea service.
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