Robert Hennell


The Hennell family was a silversmithing dynasty that spanned four generations. With registered marks spanning from 1725 until 1867. Founded by David Hennell under his own name, Hennell silverware was marked with a D.H sponsor's mark into the mid 18th century. In 1763, David's son Robert joined the business - known as Robert Hennell I - and by the 1770s the his own sponsor's mark was registered with the London assay office, with the company moving to Bloomsbury, London. Robert's son Samuel, and his nephew Robert Hennell II soon joined the family business, followed by Robert Hennell III (son of Robert Hennell II).

Creating spectacular silverware for over 140 years, this family business saw a phenomenal output and witnessed many changes in marks. Hennell silverware can be seen under the following sponsor's marks:


  • David Hennell - 1736-1762
  • Robert Hennell I - 1772-1804
  • Robert Hennell I and David Hennell II - 1795-1801
  • Robert Hennell I, David Hennell II & Samuel Hennell - 1801-1802
  • Robert Hennell I & Samuel Hennell - 1802-1810
  • Robert Hennell II - 1809-1832
  • Samuel Hennell - 1811-1823
  • Robert Hennell III - 1834-1867


In 1869, John Frazer and Edward Haws set up Frazer and Haws as a subsidiary unit for Hennell. The company is still producing exceptional silverware to this day. 


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Maker's Marks


Robert Hennell hallmarks

'RH' or 'R.H' within a rectangular or oval surround, accompanied by London assay marks.



Robert Hennell Silver

A mid Victorian silver shaker, designed as a court jester, hallmarks for Robert Hennell III. Sold at Wilson 55 for £2,050.


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