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R. H. Halford & Sons Ltd was a family-owned company of jewellers, silversmiths, watchmakers and diamond-cutters based in London, England whose business activities spanned from 1880 until the 1930s.
The firm’s founder, Robert Hosier Halford (2nd July 1837 – 28th May 1913), was the son of London jeweller Robert Gray Halford (born 20th February 1815) and grandson of London jeweller Robert Halford (born 13th December 1788). Prior to R.H. Halford & Sons, Robert Hosier Halford had been in partnership with Charles Frederick Wassell for the nine years up until 31st December 1879. Their company, Wassell & Halford, was based at 43 Fenchurch Street, E.C. London. This partnership was dissolved on 31st December 1879 at which point Halford, aged 42, took over sole ownership of the business and continued trading at 43 Fenchurch Street under the name R.H. Halford & Sons Ltd (the '& Sons' at this time referred to his three sons William John Halford, Charles Henry Halford & Robert Collins Halford).
By the turn of the century the firm had expanded significantly, operating from three shops in London: in addition to 43 Fenchurch Street there was now a second at 129 Fenchurch Street and a third at 41 Pall Mall (S.W. London). By this time Robert Hosier Halford, now 63 years old, had retired to Steep, Kent and the day-to-day running of the business was carried out by his three sons, with William John Halford as managing director. The Edwardian decade saw the business thrive. Income tax was a mere 2% and jewellery was seen as a good investment for any disposable income. During this period the firm produced a substantial number of pieces, including clocks, watches, silverware and jewellery.
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