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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An Edwardian walnut hallstand, early 20th century, the rectangular arched hallstand pierced and carved in relief with Art Nouveau motifs, having a shaped mirror, six brass hanging hooks above a small central lidded compartment, supported on turned legs to

Antique French Art Nouveau black enamel umbrella stand, 60 cm high

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

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

Art Nouveau kauri pine stick stand and pedestal with carved pokerwork figural panels, possibly Harvey

A mirror-back stained kauri hall stand with poker work and carved decoration, Art Nouveau tile inserts above a single drawer. Height 222 cm. Width 120 cm

French Art Nouveau walnut hallstand with marble shelf and scrolled iron handles