Important Silversmiths - Jonathan Hayne

Jonathan Hayne was a prolific English silversmith of the 19th century.

He was born in Clerkenwell, London, son of a surgeon. He apprenticed as a silversmith and started is career in 1810, entering his mark in partnership with Thomas Wallis, at 16 Red Lion Street in Clerkenwell. Six years later Wallis and Hayne dissolved their partnership and in 1821 Jonathan entered his own first mark.

In 1833 Hayne increased his popularity patenting a method of manufacturing silver spoons and cutlery in a single blow thanks to a heavy hammer. This method was illustrated in 1839 in A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines by Andrew Ure.

In 1836 Jonathan Hayne’s son Samuel went into partnership with Dudley Frank Cater and they entered their mark as Hayne & Cater. Samuel assumed the full control of the company after his father’s death in 1848 and continued trading until 1865 when he declared bankruptcy.