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 cast iron mounted figural umbrella stand on a cedar base, embossed Nelson, 19th century, 99 cm high, 41 cm wide, 23 cm deep

An Australian full cedar hall stand, by Andrew Lenehan, circa 1870 the central column with an oval mirror issuing four scrolled arms each with brass and ceramic capped hangers over a shelf with a shaped front and a single drawer supported on scrolled legs,

An Australian cedar and brass hall stand, circa 1860, the central heart shaped back with turned hat holders above a brass umbrella holder with removable tin trough, raised on bun feet. Width 132 cm (68 cm wide with the base). Depth 40 cm. Height 201 cm;. P

Hall stand mid 19th century Australian cedar hat tree & cane stand 200 x 100 cm

An Edwardian cedar hall stand six brass coat hooks fitted to the tall mirrored back glove drawer separates the two walking stick wells 95 cm wide x 196 cm high