Learn about Hallstands

A 19th century innovation, the earliest hallstands usually consisted of a straight or shaped upright, sometimes with a drawer and with rounded wooden pegs or hooks on which to hang coats and hats. Some versions also contained umbrella stands, eith in the central section or to each side.

Hallstands became proportionately larger during the course of the century, sometimes being equipped with lift up seats and arms, and later models had brass hooks that tended to replace the wooden knobs. Early versions were usually wooden, although wonderful cast iron hallstands are to be found from the middle of the century, richly cast and ornamented.

The best known manufacturer of cast iron hallstands was Coalbrookdale Company of Shropshire England, founded in 1709. In the 1840s the company developed a range of cast iron furniture, which, once the moulds had been created, could be mass produced. Coalbookdale items are marked either with the full name of the company or an abbreviation such as 'C-B-DALE Co'

Cast iron hallstands will often also include the date lozenge, often cast into the base of the drip trays indicating the year in which the design was registered. more...
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A late 19th century blackwood hallstand, with a moulded cornice above three mirrors, below a seat with a carved back and umbrella stand

A late 19th century blackwood bobbin turned hallstand, with a central mirror flanked by bobbin turned coat hooks, below umbrella holders and drip tray. 235 cm high, 100 cm wide

Art Nouveau style Australian blackwood hallstand, c.1910, by Beard Watson Ltd. Sydney, the hallstand is a two sided type with double umbrella, stands one side, bevelled glass mirror and lower, single shelf opposite side, with makers label: Beard Watson Ltd

A fine quality carved blackwood hallstand with box seat and umbrella stand

Arts and crafts Blackwood hall stand with acanthus leaf carving central lift top seat and brass umbrella holders

Edwardian Blackwood hallstand with carved floral design, brass handles and grey marble top

Art Nouveau blackwood hall stand carved panel to centre of a dragon

A late 19th century blackwood hall stand, mirror and tiled back and fitted with two drawers

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