Walker & Hall have grown up with New Zealand. Sheffield cutler George Walker and Henry Hall, a Worcestire entrepreneur, formed the company in 1845, and as a result of their superior craftsmanship and reasonable price points, they enjoyed rapid success and expansion. In 1852, seven years after its founding, it was reported that the company had 20 employees. By 1894, there were said to be more than 1,500 employees working in Walker & Hall’s silversmithing factories.
From Antarctic Expeditions to the foundations of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, some of the country’s most memorable moments have been shared with its oldest jeweller. There could be no better craftspeople for the job of honouring those milestones or the milestones of our own lives.
Between 1920 -1940 Walker & Hall cups, trophies, trays and plaques were gifted by the company to an incredible variety of sports and pastimes. Among the different disciplines to receive such an honour were swimming, yachting, croquet, waterpolo, rowing, dog trials and rose-growing, along with many more. Walker & Hall also, famously, produced the silver trophy for New Zealand’s famed rugby match, the Bledisloe Cup.
Family moments are honoured too, with crafted tableware that gives a special significance to the everyday. Birthdays and Christmas feel completed. Time holds its breath for a minute. New traditions are born.