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 oak Arts & Crafts hall stand, the open worked back with mirror and four hooks, the base with hinged lid storage compartment flanked by stick stand supports. 110 cm x 34 cm x 201 cm

Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo (English, 1851-1942), Arts & Crafts copper umbrella stand, decorated with pierced design, marked 'AM, height 55.5 cm, diameter 24.5 cm

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

An Arts & Crafts corner coat stand, with six pegholes and umbrella stand. Height 1720

An arts and crafts tile back hall stand, the tiled back above a pair of panel doors, below an open shelf. 90 x 108.

New Zealand Arts & Crafts chimney pot in the manner of Dr Christopher Dresser, dated inside 26/08/02 - used as an umbrella and walking stick stand. Height 69 cm